Parents and teachers of an active or inattentive child wonder if the child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. There are several reasons a child might exhibit those behaviors, so that diagnosis must be made by a doctor. Changes in the classroom space and routine can help an active or inattentive child. In Growing Seasons divorce recovery and grief recovery groups we have found some ideas that may help you also:
1. Have stretch breaks often and provide opportunities for the children to be active.
2. If the conversation seems too intense, allow the child to leave the group for a few minutes and go to another part of the room.
3. Make the activity more interesting, unusual, and varied.
4. Add visual aids.
5. Place the child close to the facilitator, facing away from other stimuli and separated from the other active children.
6. Be more enthusiastic.
7. Give clear, concise directions using firm, polite voice. Get the children’s attention. Say what you want done, when, and how.
8. Give one direction at a time.
9. Be sure your expectations are appropriate for the child.
Please comment and let us know ideas that have helped a child you know. We would love to hear from parents and teachers, as well.
List taken from Growing Seasons: Helping Children Heal from Divorce and Other Losses.
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