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.

Schedule and alternate activities

Consider giving tasks that require higher concentration earlier in the day. Mixing high- and low-interest activities throughout the day may help keep them interested. Breaks after finishing each small task may help with their attention.

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.

Promote social skills

Some students may want to be seen by others more positively. The social skills to be taught are dependent on the student and their age and developmental stage. Examples might include helping them with how to express themselves and cope with conflicts. 

Consider teaching them how to read and respond to adults and peers. Set social goals, model ways to achieve goals, and provide immediate feedback during social interactions. 

Role-playing different situations and giving feedback may help. Help peers to see positive characteristics in students with ADHD and socially accept them.

Coaching system

Some students may learn skills and strategies better through one-on-one support, such as a dedicated teacher that meets with them frequently. Together, identify what works for the student at school and at home. Do this with effective feedback and encouragement.