diagnosed with ADHD
Q. How do I determine the best classroom academic and behavioral strategies to use with a child newly diagnosed with ADHD?
A. Although the exact cause of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is unknown, many professionals consider it a neurological condition possibly related to chemical imbalance or deficiency in the brain functions that regulate behavior. In the classroom, characteristics such as a compromised attention span, distractibility, auditory processing disorders, impulsivity, and related symptoms can impact a child’s long-term academic learning outcomes. Establishing a collaborative relationship with the child’s teacher is very important. After a couple of weeks request a meeting with the teacher. At that point, the teacher will be able to provide information regarding the specific attributes that are impacting learning. Be patient. Determining the best approach may require several plans.
Dr. Joy Bell \ Principal \ Grace Academy of Dallas \ www.graceacademy.com