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ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. What is ADHD?. According to the American Psychiatric Association:

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what is adhd
What is ADHD?
  • According to the American Psychiatric Association:
    • Persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development
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What is ADHD?

Most common in boys- 3-5% of American children

Characteristics include: selective attention problems, sustained attention problems, impulsivity, and high levels of verbal and motor activity

The main thing for students with ADHD is to get them up and moving

important things to remember
Important things to Remember
  • Regular movement helps with concentration and control of impulses
            • Classroom transition exercises
            • Lesson energizers
            • Structured movement
  • Establish a classroom that encourages beneficial movement
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Important things to Remember
  • Exercise helps children cope with stress, promote positive self image, clearer thought, and improve memory
  • Don’t take away recess or free time for punishment
            • This is the time where children give their minds a rest from academic work and is a time for physical activity
            • This can cause classroom related problems
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Important things to Remember
  • Movement during transition times
            • Transitions from one subject to the next are difficult for students with ADHD to cope with
            • Prepare them for these by: bathroom breaks, classroom chores to get them moving and then back to their desks for the next subject
            • Lesson energizers
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Important things to Remember
  • Structured games at recess
    • Teach socially appropriate values and behaviors
  • Active response to curriculum
    • Use varied , interesting movement tasks during classroom activities and transitions
take a trip outside
Take a trip Outside!
  • Nature is the new prescription
    • Being close to nature helps boost a child’s attention span
  • Outdoor spaces- foster creative play, relieve symptoms of ADHD and other attention disorders
  • The greener the space the more relief
  • ADHD symptoms may be aggravated by lack of exposure to nature

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