As you read, think about the following questions:

  • Based on the reading, what are some strategies that might be helpful for students with ADD/ADHD?

One strategy that I saw in the reading was organizational goals. Students with ADHD sometimes cause students to become disorganized so having organizational skills and goals will help these students. Another strategy that I saw was multi-modal treatments. This is when there are methods through many fields, such as medicine or behavioral programming. Errorless learning is when students are taught to do work with out errors to ensure students learn new skills. This is a method of teaching that will work well with students that have ADD or ADHD rather than trial and error learning. Video self-modeling is used to teach self-regulation skills and is another good strategy to use.

  • What are some strategies that would be unhelpful (have you seen examples in schools?)?

Some things that are not helpful are just allowing students to have endless time to do things in school. Although giving extra time on assignments can be helpful sometimes, I think it is often used and sometimes can be ineffective. Students still need to have some deadlines so they learn to be more on task and complete assignments in a timely fashion.

  • What concerns do you still have about meeting the needs of students with ADD?  What specifics do you hope we discuss in class?

I am just concerned that I will struggle with meeting the needs of these students while also meeting the needs of other students. I am also nervous about helping interactions between these students and other students in the classroom. In my classroom many students get annoyed by a student that has ADHD because that student is constantly moving. My teacher often moves his seat, but other students still get frustrated and I am not sure how to help.

For those of you who are interested, here are some maps and statistics from the CDC about ADHD rates and medication usage.