Part #8 - Classroom Management Techniques for Students With ADHD: Behavioral Interventions

NASET ADHD SERIES

Part # 8 - Classroom Management Techniques for Students With ADHD

Behavioral Interventions

Introduction

A major component of effective instruction for children with ADHD involves the use of behavioral interventions. Exhibiting behavior that resembles that of younger children, children with ADHD often do not act age appropriate and have difficulty learning how to control their impulsiveness and hyperactivity. They may have problems forming friendships with other children in the class and may have difficulty thinking through the social consequences of their actions. The purpose of behavioral interventions is to assist students in displaying the behaviors that are most conducive to their own learning and that of classmates. Well-managed classrooms prevent many disciplinary problems and provide an environment that is most favorable for learning. When a teacher’s time must be spent interacting with students whose behaviors are not focused on the lesson being presented, less time is available for assisting other students. Behavioral interventions should be viewed as an opportunity for teaching in the most effective and efficient manner, rather than as an opportunity for punishment.

The focus of this issue of NASET’s ADHD Series is to provide effective behavioral interventions for teachers to use when working with students with ADHD.

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