Presenting Your Lessons to ADHD Teenagers

Presenting Your Lessons to Teenagers with ADHD

  • Present Your Lessons to Grab Attention
  • ADHD students are easily bored, even by you. Here are some ideas to help you present your lessons in ways that even students with Attention Deficit Disorder will love.
  • Get excited about your lesson! And communicate your excitement to your students!

Teaching to the ADHD Student 

The more exciting a subject is to an ADD ADHD students, the better he will learn.

  • Try to provide an outline with the key concepts or vocabulary prior to lesson presentation. The students can follow along and see the main concepts and terms as you present the lesson.
  • ADHD kids are easily bored, even by you. Try to increase the pace of lesson presentation. Resist the temptation to get sidetracked.
  • Include a variety of learning activities during each lesson. Use multi-sensory presentations, but screen audio visual aids to be sure that distractions are kept to a minimum. For example, be sure interesting pictures and or sounds relate directly to the material to be learned. Many teachers are now using PowerPoint presentations or Astound presentations for their students with great effect.
  • Provide self correcting materials for immediate feedback to the ADD ADHD student.
  • Use computer assisted instruction, both in terms of the student at a computer, and also in terms of presenting information via PowerPoint presentations.
  • Use cooperative learning activities, particularly those that assign each teen in a group a specific role or piece of information that must be shared with the group.
  • Pair students to check work. Provide peer tutoring to help ADD ADHD student’s review concepts.
  • Let ADD ADHD students share recently learned concepts with struggling peers.
  • Use peer tutoring whenever possible. Older students to help your attention deficit students, and perhaps allowing him to tutor a younger student.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. MFTPresenting Your Lessons to Teenagers with ADHD