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Help for ADD

Updated on December 11, 2011

What is ADD and ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are conditions in which children lose focus. They are easily distracted and have trouble concentrating for extended periods of time. When a child suffers from ADHD  he or she may have trouble sitting still, and may seem to always be in motion. These children may run and jump constantly, and they often have trouble in school because they appear to be unable to control their actions. Children with ADD and ADHD are said to be impulsive. They do things without thinking about the consequences. Take your  child to a medical professional if he or she has exhibits some or all of the symptoms of ADD or ADHD.

Teaching Children With ADD or ADHD

The key to teaching a child with ADD and ADHD is to keep the lessons short and as interactive as possible. Take several breaks, allowing the child to release pent-up energy. When you feel that you are losing the child, it's time to take a break.

Teach the child in short sessions and then follow the lesson with an activity. Use pictures, video, or music, and try to tie the lesson in with topics that are of interest to the child. Make flash cards to drill the child on what he or she has learned. You can also use interactive games to help the child remember facts that you've taught.

Household timers are also very helpful when teaching children with ADD at home or in a classroom. Set the timer for 15 minutes and challenge the child to stay on task until the ringer on the alarm goes off. Of course, you can set the timer for a shorter period of time.

Patience goes a long when when teaching impulsive children. Never lose your temper if the child is disruptive. Instead, remain calm. Don't ignore the behavior, but set clear rules and penalties for breaking the rules. Follow-up on the penalties that you have set.

Understand that ADD might or might not get better as the child gets older. It is always better to deal with the issue as soon as you suspect that there is a problem. If one doctor doesn't give your satisfactory advice, see another doctor. There is nothing wrong with acquiring various opinions. If your child has been diagnosed with ADD, you should take the paperwork with you to your child's school. It is possible that you child might qualify for some modifications or accommodations to help him or her. When I taught, children with ADD could receive accommodations under the Other Health Impaired designation in special education. You have to understand that receiving the accommodations isn't as easy as discussing the information with the teacher. Several meetings must be held to discuss the child's condition and qualifications to receive services, and the school might wish to have a school-provided professional perform tests.

Disciplining Children With ADD

Try using a rewards system in which children are rewarded for positive behavior. Rewards can be removed for negative behavior.

Many teachers use a point system in which children earn points for completing assignments or paying attention for a specific length of time. Some teachers believe in removing points for inappropriate behavior. Others do not do this, instead they simply do not dole out points when the child is misbehaving. Whichever method you choose to use, be consistent. You can also try putting the child in time-out for short periods of time. Make sure that you are able to monitor and manage the method that you use to encourage positive behavior. 

Eliminate Distractions Use the Pomodoro Technique to Get More Done

The Pomodoro technique is a great tool for helping adults who are easily distracted to get more work done. Even if you do not have ADD or ADHD, you may find the Pomodoro technique useful.This technique is said to work, because you set a goal to devote all of your attention to a specific task for a specific length of time. The time is just long enough that your mind does not become over fatigued. Once you have reached your goal, you can take a break.

How Does the Pomodoro Technique Work?

You work in 25 minutes chunks, staying focused on your project. Use a kitchen timer. Next, rest for five minutes after you have worked the 25 minutes. After completing 4 Pomodoros, you can take a break that is 15 minutes or longer.

The technique also includes options for handling external and internal interruptions. When your mind begins to wander about a task that you need to complete later, jot a note in a to-do list and move on.

You are to ignore external interruptions and tell others that you are not to be interrupted.If you are ADD or ADD or have concentration problems and need to work, you obviously would need to get a sitter if you have small children and would like to try the Pomodoro method.


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    • Claudine Williams profile image

      Claudine Williams 6 years ago from Atlanta

      I love making hubs!

    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Claudine!

      Another GREAT Hub!

      I think someday we may find out something as simple as plastics or pesticides in our environment or flouride in our water have triggered the increase in ADD and ADHD!

      I do not have biological children but have seven God children whom I adore! Each has their own set of learning and behavior issues; several with ADD and ADHD!

      I have also become acutely aware of adults with ADD! At one time the belief was 'children grow out of it' but alas they do not!

      Adults with ADD who continue to act out impulsively with little concept of consequences are very hard to be around! And very hard to get help for!

      PBS just aired a wonderful documentary called, "ADD and Loving It!" It was an eye-opener!!

      Thanks again for shedding light on this often frustrating condition!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!