5 Ways to Keep the Attention Span of Your ADHD Learners

Friday, February 10, 2017

     This is my fourth year working with students with ADHD. They have so many different personality traits, likes, and dislikes. No two children with ADHD are the same. You have your hyperactive crew, your daydreamers, your overthinkers and your motor mouths. However, most of them have a lot of trouble staying focused in the classroom. Of course there is no way to make them pay attention to the right things all the time but here are some methods to include in your teaching in order for kids to have the longest attention span possible.

  • Read long novels or passages one paragraph at a time and then use pictures and class conversations to illustrate what it says.
  • Incorporate visuals during teacher talks so students are constantly making visual connections instead of dozing off as we talk for hours.
  • If you have a small class, some upbeat music might be appropriate in order to get some kids to stay focused on a particular assignment.
  • Shorten their homework or classwork assignments so that they are easily digestible.
  • Utilize more group work where they can work on an assignment as part of a team. They should be responsible for at least one element of a project or an assignment. 

Happy Teaching!

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