You are not alone if you have
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. About 4% of
school age children are also affected. In addition, other
students have one or a few of the characteristics of ADHD.
These strategies are suggested as part of a
professionally organized program of assistance. They are
derived from the American description of ADHD1.
However, as a student, you also have your own personal
learning style, including "intelligences" (c.f. Kolb),
personality types (c.f. Myers-Briggs), etc. These will be
helpful to know and develop in overcoming ADHD
To help you follow instructions:
Simplify instructions down to a basic one or
two, and build from there. Verify these with your
Ask your teacher to break down assignments into
steps for you to follow
Answering out of turn, or interrupting the
class or teachers is normal for ADHD, but it is best to
remember that you are trying to learn
Write your question or comment down on paper
Develop routines/habits! For example,
before going to school, organize your schoolwork
in the same way each day. Have some one help you
begin to establish this pattern
Keep your assignments in the same pocket of
your backpack. Tell your teacher about it
Keep a list of things to remember in a
pocket of your backpack.
To help with details
Review your homework with your parents, a
classmate, a tutor
use grammar and spell checkers regularly for
Remember that making mistakes, or overlooking
details, is not for lack of intelligence, but rather
a characteristic of this condition.
Help with learning
care of yourself; get the help you need:
Patience is a challenge for those with ADHD.
If you are feeling angry, discouraged, or
frustrated over your progress, find some
support. Our learning involves family, teachers,
professionals, as well as ourselves. We all need
patience. Their messages should be steady and
consistent, but try to understand if they aren't
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