In this exclusive interview special education teacher and mentor Shira Moskovitz talks about teaching students with learning differences (LD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and shares recommendations for working with this dynamic student population.
How can educators regularly support the social and emotional learning (SEL) of students with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Here are some recommendations from educators who have made this a core focus of their instruction and student support.
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.