Supporting Students with ADHD in School

Keeping Students on Task

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Students with ADHD may have short attention spans and/or get easily distracted. For suggestions that may help you capture and maintain their attention, click the image on the right to learn more.

Visual cues or reminders, such as turning off classroom lights or raising fingers to lips when silence is required, may help students focus.

Allowing the use of items such as special bracelets or pencils with motivational sayings printed on them may remind students to concentrate on a particular task. Older students may want to write notes to themselves to place on their desks that remind them to focus.

Using auditory signals (eg, sounding a chime, ringing a bell) may help capture students' attention by letting them know when you are about to say something to which they need to pay close attention.