Whether in a general, special ed, or inclusive classroom, teaching is a challenge. Handling 30 different kids with individual needs—and varying attention spans—can confound even the best teachers. One way teachers can help their students with LD is to create a well-managed, structured classroom environment. We have put together a variety of articles to help teachers do everything from arrange furniture to manage behavior issues.
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One child with a learning disability and/or an attention deficit disorder can keep a classroom in constant uproar if nothing is done to counteract his trouble with attention, organization, time, and social acceptance. In these areas, the youngster does not have the ability to control and change his own behavior. Teachers have to deal with these problems by adjusting his environment. Careful classroom management can prevent the LD/ADD student from becoming a strongly disruptive influence.
Management of APD should incorporate three primary principles: (1) environmental modifications, (2) remediation (direct therapy) techniques, and (3) compensatory strategies. All three of these components are necessary for APD intervention to be effective. Learn more about what can be done in the classroom to help students with auditory processing disorder.
The effective use of behavioral and cognitive strategies in the classroom may appear daunting even to experienced teachers. However, changing your behavior and strategies is often the most efficient and effective means of improving all types of classroom behaviors, both disruptive and non-disruptive. This article describes how understanding these problems and seeing the world through the eyes of your students, and then developing and using a set of intervention strategies on a regular basis, problems of emotions and behavior can be effectively managed and changed in the classroom.
Research indicates that children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders are more likely to be bullied. This article defines bullying and tells you how to help. Read about resources from The Stop Bullying Now! Campaign.
Rick Lavoie brings teachers information on how to integrate children with special needs into their mainstream class. The Council on Exceptional Children asked students with good social skills for their suggestions to school staff. Here are some of their requests: a) time to "hang out" with peers with disabilities, b) taking a stand against bullying and teasing of students with disabilities, and c) choosing peers to work with students with disabilities carefully.
Children who are socially rejected by their peers often are preoccupied with their isolation and can't concentrate on their schoolwork. Here are some ways teachers improve kids "social stock" and help them build friendships.
A valuable resource educators of children with ADHD. The U.S. Dept. of Education shares and easy-to-read outline of tips and legal considerations. Causes, legal requirements for evaluations, treatment options, and hints for effective educational performance are included.
As you prepare for the upcoming school year, read this article about what you need to do to get ready for the 'Saturday kids.' These children are competent and happy on weekends and vacations, but have a lot of difficulty in school. In this article written exclusively for LD OnLine, expert Rick Lavoie shares nine concepts to help you bring out their best side of these children in your class.
Strategies that promote success for students with ADD and ADHD are described including behavior management, modification, preparing your students to learn at the beginning of the lesson, keeping the students on task, making the lessons more interesting and homework.
Good communication between schools and parents is crucial for children with ADHD. In this article, there are many ideas to facilitate the home-school collaboration and help students succeed.