Strategies for Teaching English to Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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INTRODUCTION

All teachers witness the evolutionary achievements of their students. But what happens when teachers are uncertain that their students seem to experience difficulties in learning? One significant problem that calls more attention from teachers and therefore to me, a future teacher, is the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Syndrome which is identify with the behavior characterized by an easy distractibility, inability to concentrate, sense of boredom, and other symptoms. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder constitute a complex issue which is still much to investigate, however, I attempt to describe as better as possible this syndrome and its most common features and other signs related to these alterations. In this respect I will try to answer to questions such as: What is the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

What are the characteristics of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? How this syndrome can affect the learning English process?
How important are the classroom and house adaptations for helping the students with this syndrome? How important are the parents and teachers helping role in the learning English process? What kind of strategies and activities can teachers use for teaching English? I think it is very important that we are all very knowledgeable about Attention Deficit since, no doubt, we will be confronted by this disease in more than one occasion and it is important that we have prior knowledge of topic. Taking into account our English-language specialty board a little about how learning can affect it the same in children with Attention Deficit. I think that it is very important that we are all very knowledgeable about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder since, no doubt, we are going to confront this disorder in more than one occasion. For this reason, it is very important to have prior knowledge about topic. Taking into account our English-language specialty this research is mostly focus in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder process of English learning. Related to learning English is important to know that students need certain skills to learn a first language as much as a second language. So teachers can build on some methodologies for teaching English which effectiveness have been proof. Considering that learning a second language occurs more effectively in the early years of children and attention deficit appears in a similar age, this paper will be based on these age groups.

CHAPTER I
ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

A.Identifying Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) A child's academic success is often dependent on his or her ability to attend to tasks and teacher and classroom expectations with minimal distraction. Such skill enables a student to acquire necessary information, complete assignments, and participate in classroom activities and discussions (Forness & Kavale, 2001). Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who present conducts that are a result of this problem usually may reveal difficulties with academics and with forming relationships with their peers. 1.Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be described by behaviors shown. “A behavioral syndrome characterized by inattention and distractibility, restlessness, inability to sit still, and difficulty concentrating on one thing for any period of time.” (Britannica. Com.2012) This name refers to a child who presents uncontrolled emotions and activities which are very difficult to control. Children with this syndrome are restless and impulsive, present unsteady emotions, sometimes they have poor muscle coordination and memory. This sickness can be caused for possible problems of the brain and the central nervous system produced for a trauma when the person birth, a food’s allergy, a vitamin insufficiency,...
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