Did you know that about 6 million children have ADHD? Of that number, many have trouble focusing in school. There are many reasons for this, one being that ADHD is an attention deficit disorder, causing people to remain focused on one subject or project.
For children, it is difficult to pay attention to their teachers, lesson, and schoolwork. So, what can you do if your child or student has ADHD or ADD symptoms? If you want to know the best tips for helping these children remain focused, keep reading our brief guide below.
Seat Them at the Front of the Class
ADD in kids prohibits their attention span from resting too long on one form of stimuli. So, if a child with ADD or ADHD sits at the back of the class, there are multiple distractions.
These distractions can be other children, an open window, or even objects. Children at the back of the classroom will often zone out, knowing you will not catch them during your lecture.
So, be sure to arrange a seating chart, and have all students who have trouble focusing seated as close to you as possible. That way, they are less likely to ignore you for fear of getting in trouble. Plus, being closer means they can hear you better and re-direct their attention to your lesson.
Adhere to Learning Styles
There are three types of learning styles many educators implement in the classroom. These three are:
Children who have trouble focusing may not pay attention because they learn differently than other kids. You can conduct interviews to gauge how each child learns.
From there, be sure to incorporate elements of each method into your teachings. Always speak for auditory learners, write on a whiteboard for visual learners, and play focus and attention games for kinesthetic learners.
If you have time, schedule one-on-one sessions with the children you know have trouble in school. These sessions can be during class or after school with the parent’s permission.
By giving your undivided attention to a student you show you care about their educational well-being. That, in itself, is motivating for the student to do better and make their teacher proud.
You also have the chance to teach them in an environment with fewer distractions. Therefore, their focus will be on you and the work at hand.
More on How to Help Children Who Have Trouble Focusing in School
The tips above are only a few ways you can help children who have trouble focusing in school. Remember, try to seat them closer to the front of the class and get creative when teaching your lessons.
So long as you adapt to the three learning styles, you can help every child learn to the best of their ability. We hope this article helps you when deciding how to aid children with ADD or ADHD. If you enjoyed our content and want to learn more, we encourage you to continue reading the other blog posts on our site.