ADHD for Teachers

Teachers devote countless hours ensuring that lesson instructions are designed to meet the needs of each child. However, the needs of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often do not fit neatly into recognized learning styles.  Likewise, many teachers hav not been professionally trained to recognize or address these specific needs. Teachers know what many professionals do not:

  • that there is no one syndrome of ADHD, but many;
  • ADHD rarely occurs in “pure” form by itself, but
  • ADHD usually shows up entangled with several other problems such as learning disabilities or mood problems;
  • the face of ADHD changes with the weather, inconstant and unpredictable; and,
  • finally, that the treatment for ADHD, despite what may be serenely elucidated in various texts, remains a task of hard work and devotion.

Managing ADHD in the Classroom

There is no easy solution for teachers to manage ADHD in the classroom, or at home for that matter. After all is said and done, the effectiveness of any treatment for this disorder at school depends upon:

  1. the knowledge and the persistence of the school;
  2. and the individual teacher.

If the teacher can master the following tips, teaching students with ADHD should become much easier and more effective. These students can transform over the school year. They can change from being your most frustrating students to your most rewarding.

Tips on Managing ADHD in the Classroom

The following tips on classroom management of ADHD were presented in Driven to Distraction. They are revised, updated, and reprinted here because we have heard from many teachers that they have found them to be very helpful.

These techniques will assist all students, whether they had ADHD or not. However, they are especially helpful for students who have ADHD. These suggestions are intended for teachers of students of all ages. Some suggestions will be obviously more appropriate for younger students  and others for older students. Certainly the unifying themes of structure, education, and encouragement pertain to all.

Learn more with the 10 tips on the classroom management of ADHD.

Learn about Dr. Hallowell’s online ADHD videos, designed to help teachers effectively manage ADHD in the classroom HERE.

Read Dr. Hallowell’s Washington Post article on: ADHD in kids: What parents and teachers don’t understand, but need to know.

If you’d like to have Dr. Hallowell speak at your school, learn more HERE.

Many children with ADHD struggle in the classroom.  That’s why it’s important that educators be well-informed about ADHD so they can recognize children who might be struggling. Dr. Hallowell's Keynotes are designed to help educators understand ADHD. Learn more.