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ADHD and learning
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Supporting students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) across the curriculum.

​Understanding ADHD

Key concepts, concerns, and experiences of students with ADHD.

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ADHD can influence learning, particularly the ability to focus, pay attention, engage with a task, and use working memory.

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Strategies for action

Four key strategies to support students with ADHD in their learning

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Get to know the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to supporting learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely.

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Young people with ADHD talk about their experiences in the classroom and recommend what teachers can do to help them learn.

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Ask the student what will help

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    • Resources
  2. Partner with whānau

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    • Resources
  3. Assessment and monitoring

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    • Video
    • Resources

​Support self-regulation and positive behaviour

Sensory integration, thinking, social interaction and positive behaviour are areas students with ADHD may need some specific support. Explore recommended approaches.

Self-regulation allows students to manage their emotions, behaviour and body movement when they’re faced with a situation that’s tough to handle.

It allows them to do that while still staying focused and paying attention.

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Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. ​Support focus

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Support thinking

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    • Resources
  3. ​Support social interaction

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    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Support positive behaviour​

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    • Resources

Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students with ADHD are often valuable for everyone.

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Linda Ojala describes her approach to designing learning that works for all students.

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Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students with ADHD are often valuable for everyone.

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In partnership with students, develop flexible learning environments that students can customise.

Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Source:
Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Key resources

New Zealand guidelines for the assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

New Zealand guidelines for the assessment and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Read time: 106 min

Guidelines published in July 2001.

Publisher: Ministry of Health | Manatū Hauora

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD A resource for educators

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A resource for educators

This booklet examines how ADHD can influence learning. It provides strategies teachers can use relating to key areas where students with ADHD may need support.

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