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Teaching Young Children With ADHD

Teaching Young Children With ADHD
Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3

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March 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin

"Well written, easy to read, and comprehensive in scope. The advice, strategies, and vignettes all are excellent."
—Sandra F. Rief, Author of How to Reach & Teach Children With ADD/ADHD and The ADHD Book of Lists

"This is the most complete and definitive book on the topic. A must-read for every educator and administrator."
—Carol S. Reynolds, Principal, Frostproof Elementary School, FL

Know the facts about ADHD to improve children's academic and behavioral outcomes!

This indispensable resource provides general education teachers with a solid understanding of ADHD, detailed descriptions of how it manifests in preschool and the primary grades, and research-based approaches for designing and adapting instruction to meet the needs of all young children. Together, the authors offer decades of experience from the fields of school psychology, special education, and medicine. Their combined knowledge clarifies and informs the what, why, and how of inclusive strategies that work, particularly for children with attention disorders.

In reading this book, you will discover:

  • Practical interventions to develop children's social skills and manage classroom behavior
  • Suggestions for helping children with ADHD master the challenging task of writing
  • Guidelines for recognizing appropriate and inappropriate responses to medication
  • Recommendations for partnering with parents and families
  • In-depth profiles of children with ADHD, and more

By being aware of the impact that ADHD has on children's social, emotional, and educational development, educators can work toward building trust with both students and parents, and develop a positive, lasting influence on the lives of the children they teach.

Foreword by Meredith Cathcart
About the Authors
1. Yes, ADHD Is a Real Disorder!
Myth or Fact?

Diagnostic Criteria

Manifestations of ADHD

Prevalence of ADHD

Recognizing and Understanding ADHD in Young Children

What Causes ADHD?

Creating an Optimal Learning Environment


2. Recognizing ADHD: Primary Symptoms and Common Impairments



Other Behaviors Often Seen in Children With ADHD

Impairments in Executive Functioning

Temperament and ADHD


3. Developing and Reinforcing Appropriate Social Skills
Preschool and Elementary School as the Training Ground

What Are Social Skills and Why Are They So Important?

Social-Skills Development

Strategies That Support Social Skill Development

Five Problem-Solving Areas That Challenge Children With ADHD

Suggestions for Reinforcing Appropriate Social Behaviors

Challenging Settings for Children With ADHD


4. Help, This Kid Is Driving Me Crazy!!: Proactive Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports
Developing a Personal Philosophy of Behavior Management

Analyzing Behavior

Putting the Strategies to Practice


5. How Do I Teach This Kid? Classroom Strategies to Support All Learners
Classroom Success Is Possible

Treating Children With ADHD Fairly

Defining the Objective of the Lesson

The Differentiated Classroom

Making Appropriate Accommodations

Beyond Accommodations and Interventions: The Special Education Referral

Learning Disabilities

Other Health Impaired


6. Why Is Writing So Hard? Specific Strategies to Develop Writing Skills
Why Writing Is So Hard

Teaching Early Writing

Analyzing Writing Tasks

Scaffolds for Writing Success

The Dreaded Book Report!

The Even More Dreaded Written Report


7. What Teachers Should Know About Medication
What Medications Are Most Commonly Used to Treat ADHD?

What Changes Can I Expect to See With My Students on Stimulants?

Do Stimulants Cure ADHD? How Do These Medicines Work?

How Long Does a Child With ADHD Need to Be on Medication Before It Works?

How Will I Know If My Student Is Over-Medicated?

If the Medicine Works, Does That Confirm That the Diagnosis of ADHD Is Correct?

What Are the Possible Side Effects of Stimulants That My Student Might Experience?

What Information From Teachers Is Helpful to Doctors?

Are Stimulants Addictive?

Can Stimulants Lead to Problems With Abuse of Other Drugs?

Are There Particular Kids Who Would Be Expected to Do Poorly on Stimulants?

Are There Children Who Need to be on Medication Only at School?

Are there Problems With Adverse Drug Interactions if a Child Is on a Stimulant?

I've Heard That Kids Can Become Psychotic on Stimulants. Is It True?

Can Stimulants Be Used by Children Younger Than Age 5?

My Students Used to Do Well on Ritalin, but Now It Doesn't Seem to Work. What's Going On?

Are There Any Good Natural Remedies Available for Treating ADHD?

One of My Students Is on Prozac. Is This Commonly Used in Young Children With ADHD?

Do Medications Help Learning Disabilities?

One of My Students Is Very Defiant and Oppositional. Will Medications Help With This?


8. Communicating Effectively With Parents
Parents: The Most Important Resource

Respect and Acknowledge the Challenges Parents Face

Criticism Is the Least Effective Form for Change

ADHD as an "Excuse"

Helping Parents Separate Enabling From Supportive Decisions

When It Seems a Child Might Have ADHD

When Parents Don't Disclose That Their Child Is Taking Medication

Regular Communication Is Critical


9. Taking Care of Yourself
Recognizing the Signs of Stress

Suggested Ways to Lower Stress

Resource A: Recognizing ADHD in Preschool and Primary Grades: Real Profiles
Resource B: Other Disorders Sometimes Associated With ADHD
Resource C: Childhood Disorders and Conditions That Can Mimic ADHD in Young Children
Resource D: Recommended Books for Teachers
Resource E: Useful Web Sites

"Well written, easy to read, and comprehensive in scope. The advice, strategies, and vignettes are all excellent."

Sandra F. Rief
Author of How to Reach & Teach Children With ADD/ADHD and The ADHD Book of Lists

"This is the most complete and definitive book on the topic. A must-read for every educator and administrator."

Carol S. Reynolds, Principal
Frostproof Elementary School, FL

"From interventions and ideas for helping kids with ADHD learn to tips for understanding medications, this pairs profiles of kids with ADHD with tested solutions teachers can use throughout the analysis, intervention, and educational process."

California Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Offers clear explanations and descriptions of the symptoms of ADHD, common impairments, and associated disorders
  • In-depth profiles of real preschool through grade 3 children with ADHD are examined in the Resources section
  • Provides teachers with tools to adapt teaching strategies across different subject areas, with an entire chapter dedicated to writing
  • Walks teachers through developing children's social and problem-solving skills
  • Addresses how to recognize appropriate and inappropriate responses to medication, and when parents and doctors should be notified

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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