A student who has difficulty sitting within their chair throughout the day may not learn the way other students within their class learn. Not everyone is an auditory or visual learner; especially not a student with ADHD. The best way for a student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to learn is by incorporating different kinesthetic techniques. Kinesthetically learning allows the student to get up move and around and actually “act out” what they are learning. It allows them to go through the steps or process of what they are hearing or seeing about. But when the student can get up and make a recreation of what the first settlement looked like by building their own and acting out the first landing of the first settlers. The students get their hands on experience with it instead of listening and watching a slide show about how Jamestown was created.
Students with ADHD have multiple areas within their school life that they need help in. It isn’t just them having a hard time focusing on what is going on around them. It also is time management, completing multi-step projects, note taking, etc. All of these issues do play into how or what happens within their schooling. To help them cope with the process and stay on task that might be given to them for a multi-step project there could be different stations located around the room where each step is completed at a different station. It allows them that kinesthetic aspect that students with ADHD need to help them focus on the task at hand.
Every student with ADHD is going to have different strengths in different areas. However, the strength for their learning is actually getting up and doing something that coincides. When they actively do the topic it allows them to get their “energy” out and help focus on the information they are completing. I noticed to when going through different topics and research a lot of them are very creative and have a lot of creativity energy with different topics. When they have their energy within a project they enjoy and are creative with it allows them to focus. So incorporating different ways of having the students be creative themselves allows them to “release” that energy in a way.
One way students are being helped through their difficulties with ADHD is medicine that helps them have more focus within their day(s). But medicine isn’t the only way that children get help with the difficulties faced with ADHD. The students should go through cognitive therapy as well. This helps the areas that the medicine won’t help within their learning and everyday life aspect. Medication can’t solve everything. With going to therapy as well it helps you discuss your issues and come up with solutions to help your time management skills, completing multi-step tasks, etc.
One website that discusses someone who has dealt with ADHD during their schooling is Michael Phelps the Olympic swimmer. His mother discussed about the issues that had arose when he was going to school and what needed to be done. The interview she did with Great Schools, discusses what she did for him and the struggles he had. The interview she does talks about her experiences and isn’t telling others what to do or how to handle their children living with ADHD.
Another first hand encounter is a 12 year old boy named Brad. Within his video he discusses the issues he faces with his ADHD and schooling. However it also discusses his strengths outside of school as well within his life and realm. I think this is a very eye opening experience because he shares his experiences and his “life” what he does. It shows the creative side he has as well with his own lego video he directed. As well as that just because he has ADHD doesn’t mean that he isn’t smart in school or isn’t learning (he shares that he has 4 A’s and 2 B’s on his report card).
I found another video of a young girl, who’s either in middle school or high school sharing how she feels about ADHD. She discusses how it is hard for her to sit through a typical school day and the issues she faces with having ADHD. She talks about the myths and misconceptions of ADHD and how she was explained ADHD and how it affects everything.
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Watkins, C. (2007). Helping your child succeed at school: Parent as coach, advocate and partner. Retrieved from http://www.ncpamd.com/adhd_and_school.htm