Teaching Tips - ADHD

  • Keep instructions as brief and uncomplicated as possible.
  • Assist the student with finding an effective note-taker or lab assistant from the class.
  • Allow the student to tape-record lectures.
  • Clearly define course requirements, the dates of exams, and when assignments are due; provide advance notice of any changes.
  • Provide handouts and visual aids and hands-on activities in class.
  • When appropriate, team a reader with a non-reading student during in-class assignments.
  • Use more than one way to demonstrate or explain information.
  • Have copies of syllabus ready three to five weeks prior to the beginning of classes so textbooks are available for taping.
  • Break information into small steps when teaching many new tasks in one lesson (state objectives, review previous lessons, summarize periodically).
  • Allow time for clarification of directions and essential information.
  • Provide study guides or review sheets for exams.
  • Provide alternative ways for the students to do tasks, such as dictations or oral presentations.
  • Provide assistance with proofreading written work.
  • Stress organization and ideas rather than mechanics when grading in-class writing assignments.  Allow the use of spell check and grammar-assistive devices.
  • When in doubt about how to assist the student, ask him or her.
  • Allow the student the same anonymity as other students. 


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