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How To Talk To Students With ADHD

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Are you a teacher who works in special education with children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Are you struggling to find the right words to tell these children? If so, continue reading this article. Talking to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be difficult. These children can be sensitive and take what you say personally. How do you talk to students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? This article will explore ways to talk to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the classroom. They include giving students choices and being positive.

Give Students Choices

According to additude magazine, “Researchers tell us that when students are given choices, several positive things happen: They produce more work, they are more compliant, and they are less aggressive.” Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may experience difficulty expressing themselves. Make it easier for them. Give them choices. Show them that they are equal to you as the teacher. Do not downgrade them. They will appreciate being given a choice and work harder to succeed and not be discouraged.

Be Positive

In addition to giving students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder choices, it is also essential to be positive when speaking to them. According to additude magazine, the following are some positive comments to give students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

  • You’re working really hard. You have the skill it takes to do this.
  • You’re doing a great job. I can tell you’ve really got a talent for this sort of thing.
  • You’ve put a lot of effort into this activity.
  • Well done.
  • Now you’ve got it.
  • You’re getting better at this. I knew you could do it.

additude magazineadds, “To many students with attention deficit, a teacher’s words paint a portrait of the student’s soul.” With that said, be encouraging and positive towards your students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Let them know they can succeed.

Conclusion

To conclude this article, students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity can become discouraged easily. Do not let them become overwhelmed. Encourage them. Let them know they can succeed. Let them know they are heard. Provide them with choices. Let them know you are equal to them with your help and guidance. Do not put them down. Also, be positive toward them. Provide them with support. Your words are meaningful to them. Make your words inspirational, so your students can succeed as students and more importantly as people.

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How To Talk To Students With ADHD


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). How To Talk To Students With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2016/06/how-to-talk-to-students-with-adhd-2/

 

Last updated: 3 Jun 2016
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