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10 Teacher Tips for Students with ADHD

Below are a few tips that might help a student with ADHD (taken from "1000 Best Tips for ADHD by Susan Ashley, PhD"):

  1. "If the surrounding environment is a challenge, change the environment, not the child."
  2. "Children with ADHD are incredibly sensitive to your anger. Monitor your voice tone and volume so that your child can listen to your words rather than your anger."
  3. "Have your child try to count out loud BACKWARD when he is angry. This interrupts angry thoughts and requires mental effort that results in a decrease in anger."
  4. "Try to remind yourself that forgetfulness is a symptom of ADHD and NOT purposeful noncompliance."
  5. "Know that children with ADHD have very poor working memory. They can only hold tiny bits of information in their working memory. Give only one directive or verbal instruction at a time. Do not give another one until the first one has been completed."
  6. "Use visual cues as often as you can. Children with ADHD do far better remembering things when they have visual cues."
  7. "Task cards with a picture of the task are good to use."
  8. "Guide your punishments with the knowledge that ADHD children are far more motivated to earn something than they are to avoid losing something."
  9. "Use an object to pass between you and your child when talking. Only the person holding the object can talk."
  10. "Each day is a brand new day. Punishments from yesterday are over and your child starts each morning fresh."

Cool Clip: Color Your World With Kindness - Great for ANY Grade Level

Color Your World With Kindness

Making Ethical Decisions

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is the national organization for professional school counselors. (We are no longer called guidance counselors.)

We have a specific set of ethical standards that guide our behavior and work as school counselors. Here are a few...

  1. We respect all students' beliefs, values, and culture, and don't impose our own values on students.
  2. I share information about student disclosures in counseling sessions on a "need to know" basis. Teachers can be very valuable in supporting students, and I recognize this when deciding if and what to share.
  3. One consideration is dual relationships. A dual relationship might occur when I am both their "teacher" and their "counselor." My role is not disciplinarian.

The ASCA Ethical Standards is a 7 page long document! If you ever have a question about how I make decisions as a school counselor, please feel free to ask. The link to the full document is below: