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ADHD can manifest in multiple ways, especially in a classroom setting. In a recent article, ADDitude Magazine reached out to teachers across the U.S. who shared the many longstanding misconceptions about childhood ADHD that get in the way of creating the best learning environment for those kids. Here are three misconceptions about ADHD in students AND how to correctly support those kids.
- Not every student can learn while sitting still. According to one teacher, “No two children experience and learn the same way. Not every child can sit ‘crisscross applesauce’ on the carpet and follow along. Before we can teach a child, we must learn about them. Each child is different and unique and should be treated as such.” To that point, educators should remember that everyone’s “normal” is different - some students with ADHD may learn best in different, more creative ways.
- Students thrive when success is defined JUST for them. One teacher noted, “I wish the world knew the damage done to non-neurotypical students through the way that we try to box children into ‘acceptable’ behaviors that conflict with their nature.” Kids should be given PERSONALIZED plans that promote their individual talents and interests, rather than arbitrary, cookie-cutter processes.
- Children with ADHD need thoughtful treatment, NOT lectures. One educator said that “I see too many of my students who have the diagnosis but lack sufficient treatment. They develop low confidence and behavior issues because they are constantly being fussed at, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
The key to thoughtful treatment is education - which you can get by checking out our original series Navigating the Ambiguity of ADHD with Dr. Domenick Sportelli.
I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you’re going through - you got this!
Source: ADDitude Magazine