ADHD - help at school
In the classroom
- I often find it hard to concentrate and I may appear to not be listening, I can also be easily distracted.
- I might shout out answers or interrupt the teacher because I am worried if I wait for the teacher to notice me I may have forgotten the answers.
- It can help if I can talk to someone like a teaching assistant, as it means I don't have to hold in my ideas/words for too long.
- You can send me on errands to help me use up some energy.
- It helps to provide instructions individually to me so that I have to focus in on what is being said. Sometimes a card or visual clues can be helpful.
- It is better for me if the teacher can avoid language that's open to interpretation. Be direct and clear when asking me to do something
- I might not like being singled out so please find mays of sensitively checking that I know what is expected of me.
- You could help me understand my condition, with a fun book like ‘All dogs have ADHD’ (Kathy Hoopmann).
- I often need my medication all the time at school but I can feel uncomfortable taking it. Please be discrete when you are helping me with medication, but remind me that it is perfectly OK to have to take it!
- Making and keeping friends can be very difficult for me.
- You can help me by having systems in school like buddies or providing me with a personal timetable that I can check regularly.
- It can be good to have a chance to think about social situations and how I can manage better in these.
- A social skills group or a chance to practice ahead of an important event or situation would be helpful.
It makes a huge difference for me to know that there is an adult at my school who knows all about my condition and who I can talk to if I am worried or unwell.