Not being able to pay attention in class is one of the major problems that ADD Students have to face.
For many, they know the importance of paying attention, but find themselves wandering without realizing that they’ve done it. Even worse, they have no idea of how long they’ve been gone.
Here are a few ideas to help your ADD Student learn to pay attention in class:
1. Sometimes you can work out a subtle system with the teacher so that he or she can help bring your child’s attention back into the classroom. Just walking near the desk or maybe a light touch on the shoulder might do the trick. Talk to your child’s teacher. I’m sure they have some ideas.
2. You may not want to hear it, but medication for ADHD is designed to help them focus and pay attention. It’s not going to turn your child into a zombie. If it does, you either need a new (lower) dose or a new diagnosis.
3. If the teacher is OK with it, sometimes a small handheld object (something quiet like a squeeze ball) can help students stay more focused. The ADD brain has 2 sides – side A that wants to pay attention and learn and side B that would rather play. Side B is always bothering side A so that paying attention is hard. If you can find a small object to capture side B’s attention, side A can go back to learning.
4. Have your ADD Student seated near the front of the classroom rather than the back – which is where they would rather be. Sitting in the front row puts them closer to the teacher and the board and doesn’t give them a view of their distracting classmates.
5. Be sure your ADD Student is well rested and well fed. It’s hard to pay attention when you are sleepy or hungry.
Got an older ADD Student? Check out this article for some ideas for them.