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10 Teacher Tips for Students with ADHD
- "If the surrounding environment is a challenge, change the environment, not the child."
- "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."
- "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."
- "Try to remind yourself that forgetfulness is a symptom of ADHD and NOT purposeful noncompliance."
- "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."
- "Use visual cues as often as you can. Children with ADHD do far better remembering things when they have visual cues."
- "Task cards with a picture of the task are good to use."
- "Guide your punishments with the knowledge that ADHD children are far more motivated to earn something than they are to avoid losing something."
- "Use an object to pass between you and your child when talking. Only the person holding the object can talk."
- "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
Making Ethical Decisions
We have a specific set of ethical standards that guide our behavior and work as school counselors. Here are a few...
- We respect all students' beliefs, values, and culture, and don't impose our own values on students.
- 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.
- 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: