Date
12 April 2021

Support thinking

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘​Support self-regulation and positive behaviour ’

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Options for student expression

Options for student expression

Provide a range of ways for students to express what they know.

  • Give students a range of ways to communicate their ideas and complete their work. Encourage them to work on computers.
  • Allow students to choose how to communicate about a topic. Give students with ADHD fewer written tasks and opportunities to present their ideas visually or orally.
  • Provide options for exams – use digital rather than hand-written text or access a supervised reader. If your student also has dyslexia, organise an early assessment for reader/writer support or specialised software for reading/writing.

Schedule regular breaks

Schedule regular breaks

Ensure children and young people can eat and drink whenever they need to.

Encourage a snack break whenever a child seems to be getting tired.

Using organisational tools

Using organisational tools

Familiarise students with a range of mind mapping tools and graphic organisers.

Model using them to organise and connect ideas, map concepts, and break tasks into smaller parts.

Suggestions for presenting content

Suggestions for presenting content

Suggestions for presenting curriculum content in different ways.

  • Provide hands-on learning activities or activities that involve movement, drama and interaction.
  • Teach in 10-minute blocks. Many students with ADHD need support with working memory and recall (by holding facts in their heads briefly and manipulating, sequencing, organising, and recording factual information).
  • Order or sequence information simply and clearly.
  • Make use of digital technologies. These provide students with interactive resources, and the ability to pace and control their learning.
  • Use a wide range of visual learning materials, such as video clips, posters, diagrams and so on.
  • Establish peer tutoring. This provides many instructional variables that help students with ADHD to succeed, including frequent and immediate feedback.

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