Best practice tips for ADHD

Best practice tips are strategies that have been evaluated in other settings, target a relevant factor (such as a teaching style that lowers student anxiety), or is considered best practice by experts in the field.

Obtain student voice

Check in with students to see how they're travelling on a regular basis. Some students may need adjustments to the teaching pace, their goals or type of support given.

Use special sitting tools

Therapy balls and cushions may improve focus and restlessness for some students. Allied health professionals can provide advice on how seating may help some students focus.

Promote social skills

Create a warm and fun environment. This includes making sure behaviours of concern are managed well. Students may need help to get along with others.

The social skills to be taught are dependent on the student and their age and developmental stage. Examples might include showing them how to listen, make conversation, talk politely, help others, give and accept effective feedback and opinions, manage conflicts and cooperate in play.

Role-play different situations and give students feedback as they practise these skills. Set social goals, model ways to achieve goals, and provide immediate feedback to students in social interactions. 

Help peers to see positive characteristics in students with ADHD and socially accept them. Pair students with peers who model positive behaviours.

Do basic relaxation exercises together

Spend a few minutes each day doing simple breathing and muscle relaxation exercises. Access our relaxation breathing script or watch a video of a primary school class engaging in relaxation breathing.