When it comes to teaching ADHD, there are some things that can make a massive difference in a child’s productivity in addition to standard treatments such as medication or diet changes. I’ve talked about classroom-friendly fidget tools before, but this list of products focuses on other items that can help a child with ADHD succeed in a classroom setting. Not all products will work equally well for kids with ADHD, but these are the ADHD tools for the classroom that my daughter uses and prefers when she’s trying to concentrated in the classroom. Try one or two items at a time, and over a few weeks, you’ll soon be able to identify what tools are distractions for kids with ADHD and what tools actually help.
As a teacher, you can supply your classroom with a box of these ADHD tools for the classroom, and if you’re a parent, try sending one or two of these tools with your child to school each day.
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Not every class has the same rules on what is acceptable in the classroom. To go outside of these standard rules, you’ll probably have to prove that your child benefits from the use of the tools. You can ask for a meeting with your child’s teacher and the school’s administrative staff to request special considerations for the needs of your child.
The tools aren’t meant to be “fun” necessarily, just provide an outlet for the child to move around, which for an ADHD child, actually helps improve their concentration. If the tool isn’t doing that, and it’s distracting the child from the lesson, it’s not the right tool for that child.
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In my experience, there are three main ways that a child with ADHD moves around and fidgets in the classroom.
Some kids fidget with their hands, picking at skin, rubbing their hands together, playing with pencils, doodling, tapping the desk, etc.
Another form of fidgeting is bodily movement, where the child wiggles in their seat, bounces a leg, jiggles their feet, stands up frequently, falls out of the chair, and is otherwise distracting with their body movement. This is the form of fidgeting my daughter does most often.
The third kind of fidgeting is oral. Some kids chew constantly on anything they can get their hands on, like pens, pencils, straws, fingers, hair, paper, cloth, or pretty much anything.
Many kids with ADHD will show multiple types of fidgeting behavior, but it’s helpful to know which is the most common for your child before sending them to school with fidgets. Teachers should provide for all types of fidgeting in their fidget toolkits.
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It will typically take time to discover the precise object that will help a child with ADHD focus the best, but these ADHD tools for the classroom will definitely help you get on the right track. In addition to the classroom, you can also add some of these products to your child’s homework station at home, so they can focus easily during homework as well.
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