Using Worksheets in Class

Worksheets for ADHD Students Elem

ADHD in Elementary School:

Worksheet Tips

  • Every elementary school teacher uses worksheets. Learn how they can best be used with elementary school aged students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder “ADHD”.
  • Just a few changes can help your ADHD students a lot!

ADHD in Class: Using Worksheets in Elementary School

  • Stress accuracy instead of quantity of work. This is really what you want as a teacher anyway.
  • The child is easily overwhelmed and discouraged. Reduce the quantity of work on a page. Instead of giving 30 problems on a page, give only five or six. Then the child won’t be overwhelmed, and successes will build up his self esteem.
  • Your student may tend to want to be “the first one done” on assignments. Set reasonable accuracy goals with him and collect the entire group’s work at once to reduce time pressures
  • Use large type. Use easy to read fonts, such as Open Sans or Lato.
  • Keep page format simple. Include no extraneous pictures or visual destructors that are unrelated to the problems to be solved.
  • Provide only one or two activities per page. Have white space on each page. Use dark black print. (Avoid handwritten worksheets or tests.)
  • Use buff colored paper rather than white if the room’s lighting creates a glare on white paper.
  • Write clear, simple directions. Underline key direction words or vocabulary or have the students underline these words as you read directions with them. Draw borders around parts of the page you want to emphasize.
  • Divide the page into sections and use a system to cover sections not currently being used. If possible, use different colors on worksheets or tests for emphasis, particularly on those involving rote, potentially boring work. Have the students use colored pens or pencils.
  • Give frequent short quizzes and avoid long tests. Provide practice tests.
  • Provide alternative environments with fewer distractions for test taking.
  • Using a digital recorder, have the student record test answers and assignments or give the student oral examinations.
  • Shorten assignments. If the child can demonstrate adequate concept mastery in 10 or 20 questions/problems, don’t require 30 40 problems.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D. MFTWorksheets for ADHD Students Elem

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