As a teacher there are many personalities in the classroom to manage. When one of those personalities in a classroom just doesn’t seem to fit, problems arise. ADHD /FastBraiin could be the cause behind some of those classroom challenges.
Symptoms of ADHD / FastBraiin may include:
- Difficulty sitting still, has a restless mind, body, emotion
- Short attention span, likes to change activities frequently
- Easily distracted, but focuses on preferred tasks intently
- Interrupts others, impulsive, talkative
- Lacks time-management and an understanding of time-commitment
- Difficulty initiating and completing tasks
- Difficulty with details, trouble completing all the steps of an assignment or math problem, difficulty writing with detail
These challenges are real for these individuals, which creates another challenge for the teacher. How do you manage such difficulty? Is there anything the teacher can do? The answer is, yes! There are several ways to make classrooms more ADHD friendly for these kids, and therefore more manageable for you.
Here are 10 tips to help teachers help kids with ADHD / FastBraiin:
1. Create a sensory friendly classroom with the freedom for movement. Have comfy chairs, standing tables or stools, Yoga Balls, resistance bands on legs of chairs, and give kids the opportunity to sit or lay on the floor while completing assignments.
2. Let students use tactile tools/fidgets. Things like velcro under desk, stress balls, thinking putty, rice socks are great.
3. Have extra supplies in a “secret place” for the FastBraiin students. Accept the fact that memory and keeping track of their belongings are not and will never be an area of strength. It may be helpful to keep extra paper and pencils for them.
4. Have FastBraiin kids, or the entire classroom do relaxation techniques. Maybe do a 60 seconds of deep breathing or stretches between tasks or before tests.
5. Create instructions that are given orally as well as in print. Make these with easy to follow, bulleted points and in bold print.
6. Be ready to motivate. A FastBraiin child may need this supplied sometimes. Offer incentives like a prize box or class rewards.
7. Play music while students are working.
8. Develop a positive relationship with each student. Let them know you believe in them, ask about their interests outside the classroom, or talk to them about their weekend plans. Fastbraiin students need to feel supported before they will perform.
9. Never reprimand a FastBraiin student in public or punish the class for their behavior. They already struggle with self- esteem, developing friendships, and feel very “different” the rest of the class.
10. Allow project or assignment choices whenever possible.
When teachers come to understand the uniqueness of their FastBraiin students and adjust their classroom for their needs, an incredible difference can be made. Not only do these students become better learners, but the classroom as a whole becomes more manageable for the teacher. Teachers have the power to make an enormous difference in the lives of ADHD / FastBraiin kids. Why not start today?
For more information about how to teach to ADHD / FastBraiin kids, please contact our office, we would love to talk to you.