What is ADD?
There was a time when you had heard that some children were ‘brain damaged’, ‘learning disabled’ and ‘hyperkinetic/hyperactive’. All these together meant that they were not paying attention to studies, not doing what they were told and were unable to control their impulse. All these together combine to form Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Children with ADD will
- be easily distracted
- not be seated in one place for a long time
- fidget and be restless
- not follow instructions
- talk excessively, interrupt others and answer out of turn
- lose things that are important for their tasks
- try things that are dangerous and prohibited
- leave tasks incomplete and move to other tasks
How to Teach Children with ADD?
If you are the parent of a child with ADD, inform her teachers in school.
As a teacher you need to do the following:
- Seat the child in front of you so that her back faces the rest of the class.
- Place children who are sincere with her so that she learns from them.
- Do not scold them in front of the class as that will only aggravate their tendencies.
- Make sure that this student does not sit near a window, AC vent or class door. These places have continuous activity and will distract them easily.
- These children are not open to change and get distracted; avoid changing their place often and do not alter their schedule. At field trips, watch them closely and help them.
- While giving them instructions talk to them in simple sentences and make eye contact.
- Ask them to repeat what you said to ensure they understand you properly.
- If you are dictating something to be written down like home work, make sure that they have got their parents to sign it.
- Communicate with their parents regularly to make sure that the study environment in school and at home are similar.
- With the passage of time, reduce your assistance to see if the children are able to do their tasks by themselves.
- At home, you as a parent are responsible to create an environment of study that is stimuli reduced.
- Do not leave your child alone to do her homework as that will only give her an excuse to get distracted. Be by her and help her when needed.
These children are just like the others and they just need your guiding light to prosper. Try not to showcase your sympathetic attitude; instead stand by them as the pillar of support and encouragement.
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