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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
Keeping ADHD Students Focused in Class

- "Variability of Performance" and "Time on Task" are buzz words in ADHD treatment.

- The skills of "staying focused longer to the right task" are important to teach ADHD students so that they can be successful in school, and later in their careers. Here are some tips to help ADHD students...

ADHD: Keep Students Focused

Increasing Your ADHD Students' Performance

One of main characteristics of students with ADHD is the difficulty with sustaining attention on tasks over time. In other words, they get bored very easily, even by you.

Promote time on task, never time off task. Take time to catch the student being on task and working hard. Reward him with a simple smile or pat on the back. If you do this consistently, you will see his attention span, or time on task, increase throughout the school year, making your life easier in the long run.

Your ADD ADHD student will respond better to situations that he finds stimulating and engaging. Varying the instructional medium and pace will help sustain the attention deficit student's interest.

Your ADD ADHD student would probably find lessons that emphasize "hands-on" activities highly engaging.

Keeping the time required for sustained attention to a task balanced with more active learning will improve your attention deficit student's performance. Changes in instructor's voice level and variation in word-pacing will also increase his attention during instruction.

Break long tasks into a series of shorter "sprints." Same amount of work, just organized differently so that they can work with focus, rest for a few seconds and see how they did, then work again.

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Ask the attention deficit student how long he thinks it would take to perform a certain task. Let him set his own time and race against the timer.

Stress accuracy instead of quantity of work.Mastery of a subject is really what you want as a teacher anyway.

Computers are great for 1 on 1 work and immediate feedback. Students with attention deficit disorder can stay focused on computers for hours. Why is this? Learn lessons from how computers grab attention and keep it. Then apply those lessons to your classroom.

Students using medication to treat attention deficit disorder will have their optimal attention effects for methylphenidate (Ritalin) 45 minutes to 2 1/2 hours after medication. Other medications differ, and it is best to check with the physician about the time of maximum medication effects. If possible, it is best to schedule the most attention-demanding tasks for the ADHD student during this medication window.

Combine your verbal directions along with illustrations or demonstrations of what you want your students to do. The more ways you use to describe what you want your ADHD students to do, the greater likelihood that they will actually do it.

Your attention deficit student will be more successful when given directions one step at a time. When a series of instructions are given, retention beyond the first direction is difficult. Minor adjustments on the part of the teacher in giving directions will help the ADD or ADHD student a great deal.

Proximity is an issue when giving directions. The nearer you are to the ADD ADHD student, the greater the chance that he will be listening closely.



ADHD in School: High School and Junior High School Interventions

Your Room Set-Up and ADHD Students
Presenting Your Lesson to ADHD Students
Using Worksheets or Giving Tests to ADHD Students
Organizing Your ADHD Students
Dealing with Impulsive Behaviors
Improving Social Skills
Improving Consistency of Performance
Increasing Time On Task



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