Educational Strategies for ADHD and Learning Disabilities
As all children do, children with learning disabilities too expect to learn and be successful after they start schooling. But educational strategies for children with ADHD and learning disabilities may be different and they will need extra support in school and at home to succeed. Over the past few decades, there has been a push towards inclusive education, the practice of having students with disabilities study in the same classroom as their peers without disabilities.
For inclusive education to become a reality and ensuring holistic development and success for each child, educators and parents need to work together. Parents need to ensure that all concepts taught to a child at school are reinforced at home as well giving them a fighting chance to become an integral part of the society.
In this section educators and parents can find educational strategies for children with ADHD or a disability to help them learn and thrive against all odds.
On average, every single classroom has some students who learn differently or have special educational needs. To make inclusive education a reality, we must move towards more flexible classrooms and curricula that meet the needs of all our students.
To truly become inclusive, educators require to meet the needs of all learners. To cater to the diversity present in our classrooms, educators need to move away from rigid pedagogies. The content, material, medium and assessments need to be flexible to reach each student.
Incorporating multiple options and choice into teaching and learning benefits not only learners with special educational needs but also other students in the classroom. Providing learners choice in terms of the content or medium or complexity gives them more ownership over their learning..
If a learner is giving you a hard time, it is because they are having a hard time. If a student does not comply with your instructions, acts out in the classroom, distracts others or talks back, try and understand that their behaviour is communication.
The Right of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWD Act, 2016) (link to RPWD Act summary) states that all students, despite their disabilities, should get an opportunity to obtain a formal education.
You find the right school and enrol your child there; your duty as a parent does not stop there. Everyone benefits, especially your child if you and the school, work together.
Parents and the teacher both have the child best interest in mind and want to provide them with the best learning experience. Inform the teacher about your child difficulties in brief, either by a verbal discussion or an email or both.
Reading is a fundamental skill that creates a path for constant growth in a child’s life by enhancing their vocabulary breadth. Reading also expands your child’s scope of imagination, analytical thinking ability, and eventually helps elongate their attention span.
Homework is an excellent tool to review the lessons done in class. It facilitates overall understanding by reiterating the concepts. However, it could also easily overwhelm a child with learning disabilities.
Exams can be a great source of anxiety for children in general, and those with learning disabilities in particular. They also lead to frustration and an increased fear of failure, not because of a lack of ability but because their neuro functions inhibit potential