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Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD

Writing Strategies for Students With ADHD | Student Support |
Here are six challenges and solutions, based on task simplicity and clear instruction, for helping students with ADHD develop their essay-writing skills.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 27, 8:08 PM

I've used these suggestions in my "Special Ed" classes with some degree of success.  Tracy Collins offers six solutions which can help ADHD students (not all belong in Special Education classes) become better writers:

Give clear, concise instructions.

Get your students organized from the start (try mind mapping).

Create small, manageable milestones.

Allow for procrastination and delays.

Encourage spell checkers, dictionaries, and thesaurus.

Teach your students to review their writing step by step.


These suggestions could also apply to the general student population. As a substitute teacher, I've encountered bright, creative students who can express themselves with a little encouragement.  These suggestions by Tracy Collins will help your students, whatever their learning ability,  become better writers.


Aloha, Russ.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 28, 12:38 AM

These are strategies which will help not only special children, but also quick learners improve on their writing skills. One of the greatest issues faced in the field of education is the lake of precise and accurate instructions. In many cases, even mature adults are not able to frame instructions and questions accurately, even in corporate meetings. The idea of creating a mind map or training special children to creat flow charts, in effect creating a pictorial/spacial depiction of abstruse concepts can be of great help. Mind maps help students organise ideas and thought processes in a proper flow. Also it would be a good idea to give time markers, sequencers, and labels before hand to students who can then start filling in the gaps.Somehow, I feel that these strategies will help everyone, not just those with ADHD!

Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 4, 5:21 PM

The advice in this article is not just for kids with ADHD. Busy adults trying to complete manuscripts often have time and energy issues that can be addressed with the same tactics as those described in the article. Read the article an tell me whether you think it provides advice that can be more universally applied.

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Bridging the ADHD Gap

Bridging the ADHD Gap | Student Support |
To create education equity for children with ADHD, make the learning child-centered, differentiate, integrate movement and mindfulness, create supportive learning environments, and document the process.

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Scott S.'s curator insight, September 14, 11:59 PM

This article outlines several resources that parents and teachers can use or suggest to use for the treatment of a child with ADHD.  In summary, each resource suggested the child-centered approach.  This can be hard for teachers who have 25 to 30 students in their class, however, it should already be practiced in the home.  If the ADHD seems to control the child's time at school, the article suggests that parents should consider a Montessori curriculum at a school which offers this.  The point of a Montessori curriculum is that the children decide what it is they would like to study.  They can also decide how they will study it.  Thus providing opportunities for creativity to roam free within a flexible structure and without judgement or impediment to their learning process.


Another most important point of resource is psychotherapy in the form of mindfulness meditations.  This can lead to slower and more focused brain function, rather than the erratic function that seems to overcome an individual with ADHD.  In particular, adults with ADHD, who take movement and meditation breaks can reduce their  impulsivity, improve their mental capacities and work on their self-awareness.  With these results, are these resources available to parents and individuals with ADHD?  Do parents have access to a Montessori based curriculum near them?  How can they create a safe and positive learning environment that they can excel in and be their creative selves in?


Link to Montessori Curriculum idea:


Link to Mindfulness idea:


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Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says

Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says | Student Support |
Excessive movement common among children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is actually vital to how they remember information and work out complex cognitive tasks, a new study shows.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 22, 1:16 AM

It is not just kids with ADHD, but even normal kids that benefit from some movement in a class which lasts an hour or more. That doesn't mean that regular students squirm, but then there are certain drills, or accepted movements that are practised and followed in classes throughout the world. It is often all right to allow students to stand up, do an 'energiser' and then continue with their tasks. With kids having ADHD, we need to train ourselves as teachers to accept the idea of constant movement if it helps them without of course disturbing the rest of the class. In times when inclusion is the mantra in most of the progressive schools worldwide, it makes sense for teachers to be trained and in fact to encourage physical movement in children with learning disabilities.


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A Fabulous TED Talk on ADHD for Teachers

A Fabulous TED Talk on ADHD for Teachers | Student Support |

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