DR. CLARE B. JONES’ TEN TOP TOOLS FOR TEACHING AD/HD KIDS
Dr. Clare B. Jones’ list appeared in the October 2001 issue of ADDitude magazine. It is being reprinted here with permission from ADDitude Magazine. You can visit ADDitude Magazine at www.additudemag.com.
1. Avoid arranging class in cluster or grouped desk arrangements. AD/HD children are twice as likely to be disruptive sitting in this arrangement. Try using the U shaped method.
2. Send a regular communication log home. Let parents be aware of their child’s behavior and progress in the classroom.
3. Color-coded daily activities and materials that need to be remembered. Offer color cues as a memory device for forgetful students.
4. Employ devices to improve working memory. Offer mnemonics, music patterns, unique phrases, gimmicks to trigger recall and memory.
5. Offer a clipboard to active busy writers. This gives students a structured surface to write on and it keeps paper stable, even in the hands of a very lively child.
6. Teach list making. Show children how to record priorities and then cross off tasks as they are accomplished.
7. Offer notebook paper in duplicate form. Non-Carbonless notebook paper provides an immediate copy of notes. Request the AD/HD child to take notes, then after class, supplement notes with a copy provided by a more skilled note taker.
8. Offer Wikki Stix(TM) as an acceptable manipulative when child is required to sit and listen. These small plastic non-toxic strips give busy hands something to touch that won’t be distracting to fellow classmates.
9. Structure transitions in your daily plan. AD/HD children have difficulty changing from one topic or area to another. Provide for this challenge by having definite transitions when you move from one topic to another. Transitions can include: five, three and two minute warnings, visual cues on board for students to read, songs announcing the next activity.
10. Take care of yourself. Take time to reward yourself. Remember to give yourself a pat on the back for the ideas and effort you are making for this child’s success.