Supporting Students with ADHD in School

Encouraging Appropriate Behavior During Lunch and Recess

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Provide a Wide Range of Activities

Students with ADHD may run or climb excessively, feel inner restlessness, have trouble with quiet activities, and/or need to be "on the go." Providing a wide range of activity choices for students during recess and lunch periods may help with some of these ADHD symptoms and lend some structure to these environments. Examples of these activities include:

  • Hula hoop
  • Jump rope
  • Library/computer time
  • Organized club meetings
  • Supervised games

Model Appropriate Behavior

Teaching or modeling appropriate behaviors for out-of-classroom activities may help students who tend to have hyperactive ADHD symptoms understand what behavior is expected of them.

Examples of behaviors you may want to model include:

  • Staying seated during lunch periods
  • Letting other students finish their sentences before responding
  • Taking turns when playing games during recess

Reward Appropriate Behavior

As discussed elsewhere on this site, reinforcing good behavior with classroom-based rewards may encourage students to conduct themselves in a suitable manner.