Week 5 Discussion

ADHD, Behavioral, & Emotional Disorders

By: Jenna Anderson

ADHD

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, effects boys two, to three times more than girls. ADHD causes children, and even adults, the inability to focus and sit still with bouts of hyperactivity. ADHD is a chronic condition that continues from adolescence to adulthood. With the right meds, and a consistent scheduling, this disorder can be easily managed.
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Emotional/ Behavioral Disorders

For emotional or behavioral disorders, it is often an "umbrella" term used to cover several sorts of different disorders. For example, this can include anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, conduct disorders, eating disorders, OCD, and psychotic disorders. All of these disorders are ones that can be treated to a functional level.

Children with an emotional/ behavioral disorders tend to act out inappropriately in normal situations, and tend to act one, to two grade levels behind their appropriate grade. These students who have these disorders, should have an IEP implemented to ensure student success.

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What You Can Do!

As the teacher, you are eventually going to have one of these students in your classroom. With that being said there are some things you can do to ensure a positive learning experience for those students.


1. Give the student/students positive feedback.-

"Henry, I really like the way you handled yourself when you were upset. You did great!"

2. Referral out for counseling and therapy

3. Routine and consistency-

Have visuals in the classroom/desk that let the student visually prepare for any changes.

4. Dr. referral for medication.

5. Open communication with the student, parents, and other staff.

6. Let the children move, rather than concentrate on sitting still.-

Use of bouncy bands for desk, or pedestal chairs for movement.

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