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Running head: Teaching ADHD Students 1
Teaching ADHD Students
Mary Smithers
CM107-08
Professor J. Smith
January 12, 2012
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Teaching ADHD Students
Teaching ADHD Students
If information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is correct, it’s possible that upwards of 7 percent of American school children have some form of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Even more disturbing is the CDC’s report that “the percentage of children with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis increased by 22% between 2003 and 2007” (2012). While ADHD is treatable, it poses particular challenges for the novice classroom teacher. Already challenged by overcrowded classrooms, lack of support from school administration and parents, and facing ever dwindling financial support, new teachers have a very tough job. ADHD can have profound effects on a child’s ability to succeed in school, making it all the more important for new teachers to understand what ADHD is and how they can successfully teach students with this learning disability. Without knowing the strategies and tools needed to help students with ADHD, teachers run the risk of failing to give these students what they need in order to succeed. Most new teachers certainly know what ADHD is, but its effects on the student with ADHD may be less well known. Knowing these effects can help any teacher to understand the ADHD student’s situation. According to Baker, ADHD has a profound impact on students’ ability to function successfully in the classroom. Because ADHD decreases a person’s ability to conform to classroom rules and expectations, a student with this disability will be less likely to have positive interactions with his or her peers, often leading to conflict in the classroom, which distracts from the learning process (2012). The ADHD student will also have difficulties with math, writing, and reading and not because the ADHD student is incapable of learning these subjects. This is more likely traced, instead to the fact that, according to Dr. Martin Kutcher, an Comment [J2]: Notice the startling statistic used to introduce the subject and hook the reader. Comment [J3]: Notice the thesis. Does it establish the writer’s clear main point? 3

Teaching ADHD Students
ADHD student’s brain “doesn’t do a good job of putting on the brakes” (2008) and that can create many problems. These students may: Have trouble putting brakes on distractions. Their minds are pulled off the main topic by competing action. This leads to the Attention Deficit of ADHD. Have trouble sitting still rather than checking out those distractions. This leads to the hyperactivity of ADHD. Have trouble putting brakes on any thought that comes into their minds. There is trouble putting brakes on frustrations and over-reactions. This leads to impulsivity (2008). Baker also concludes that these effects are long-term. According to her, “By adolescence approximately 50% experience school failure or fail at least one subject, one third will not finish high school and only a minority attempt tertiary education”(2012). Despite these serious effects, ADHD is treatable and does not have to prevent a student from achieving academic excellence. Often times, a combination of therapy to help with stress and anger management and prescription medicine can help students to function successfully in the classroom. Still, this treatment alone will not solve all the problems that the ADHD student encounters. These students need the help of knowledgeable teachers who will adjust their teaching methods to meet the needs of these students. Because ADHD students respond more to one-on-one situations than they do large group classroom settings, ideally, the teacher...
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