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Tips for managing ADHD symptoms at school
Symptom: Distractibility

Tip: Seat the child away from doors and windows. Alternate seated activities with those that allow the child to move around. Divide big assignments into smaller ones and allow frequent breaks.

Symptom: Interrupting

Tip: Use discreet gestures or words you have previously agreed upon to let the child know they are interrupting. Praise the child for interruption-free conversations.

Symptom: Impulsivity

Tip: Tape a written behavior plan to the wall or the child’s desk. Give consequences immediately following misbehavior and recognize good behavior out loud.

Symptom: Fidgeting and hyperactivity

Tip: Finding creative ways to allow the child to move in appropriate ways at appropriate times can make it easier for the child to keep still during work time. Provide a stress ball, encourage exercise before and after school, and ask the child to run errands in the classroom.

Symptom: Trouble following directions

Tip: Break down and reinforce the steps involved in your instructions. Allow the child to do one step and then come back to find out what they should do next. If the child gets off track, give a calm reminder. Write directions on a board.

Symptom: General inattentiveness

Tip: Make learning fun. Using physical motion in a lesson, connecting dry facts to interesting trivia, or inventing silly songs that make details easier to remember can help a child enjoy learning and even reduce the symptoms of ADHD.

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