Child with ADHD but parents refuse to allow medication for such (ADD/ADHD)

Description: Anna is 6 years old. She goes to school at Lincoln Elementary School. Her favorite thing to do are play with friends, color, and sing. Her favorite movie ever is Frozen, so like any other kid she likes to sing songs from the soundtrack of Frozen. Purple is her favorite color! When she goes to school sometimes she has trouble in her classes. Some of the reasons for the struggle she has are: she interrupts, gets sidetracked, very talkative, and doesn't like to listen especially to a lot of instructions. Anna is a very sweet little girl who loves everyone, and everyone she meets is her friend.

Ways for building teacher-student connections for this student

*Get to know each other. Find similar interests.

* Plan ahead.

*Create short term goals together.

*Listen Carefully and make eye contact.

*Divide big assignments into smaller ones, and allow children frequent breaks.

*Recognize good behavior out loud. Be specific in your praise, making sure the child knows what they did right.

*Ask children with ADD/ADHD to run an errand or do a task for you, even if it just means walking across the room to sharpen pencils or put dishes away.

Ways for building student-student connections for this student

*Assign a "study buddy" who can remind and assist the active or disorganized student.

*Encourage parents to involve Anna in after school physical activities to get more involved with their friends.

*Involve Anna in as many things as possible like dance, plays, sports, and art clubs.

Motivation strategies for learning and promoting positive behavior

*If I provide Anna with two sets of textbooks, and one set remains at home while the second set stays in school. This strategy ensures that she has the necessary materials in both settings. Where one may be easier to focus than the other.

*Allow Anna to doodle or hold an Olaf or Elsa stuffed animal. Some children with ADHD are better able to focus and attend when they are doing something with their hands during quiet activities (lectures, discussions, story time, videos).

* At the end of the day if Anna has had a good day I will let her play a Frozen game such as Frozen Quiz or Frozen Free Fall on an iPad, and may even let her watch a short video clip from Frozen.

*One way to promote good behavior would be to give Anna a piece of candy, a sticker, or to let her choose from a prize box at the end of the day depending on how her day went.

Teaching methods used specifically for this student

Language Arts & Reading Comprehension

*Follow-along reading - Ask Anna to read a story silently while listening to other students or the teacher read the story aloud to the entire class.

*Partner reading activities - Pair Anna the child with ADHD with another student partner who is a strong reader. The partners take turns reading orally and listening to each other.

*Recorded books - These materials, available from many libraries, can stimulate interest in traditional reading and can be used to reinforce and complement reading lessons.

*Computer games for reading comprehension - Schedule computer time for Anna to have drill-and-practice with sight vocabulary words.


*Post office - Establish a post office in the classroom, and provide students with opportunities to write, mail, and receive letters to and from their classmates and teacher.

*Recognizing parts of a story - Teach Anna how to describe the major parts of a story (e.g., plot, main characters, setting, conflict, and resolution). Use a storyboard with parts listed for this purpose. Use examples like (Elsa is the main character or the resolution in the movie Frozen?)

*Visualize compositions - Ask Anna to close her eyes and visualize a paragraph that the teacher reads aloud. Another variation of this technique is to ask Anna to describe a recent event while the other students close their eyes and visualize what is being said as a written paragraph.


*Manipulative's - Use cutout letters or other manipulatives to spell out hard-to-learn words. By using a special Dry Erase Board with Elsa on it, it will encourage Anna to want to do their spelling words.

*Frequently used words - Assign spelling words that the Anna routinely uses in her speech each day that she will quiz over. {Examples: Elsa, Olaf, Anna, Kristoff, Grandpa, King, (Song) Let it go.}

Assessment techniques to promote academic success for this student

*Provide Anna with a handout of clear steps and procedures to follow for multi-sequence computations. Allow the handout to be used as a guide when she is solving problems in class, during homework time, and on tests.

*Provide models of sample problems and permit Anna to use these models as a reference when solving problems in class, during homework, and on tests.

*Decrease the number of math problems assigned to what is essential for Anna's understanding and practice of math concepts. For example, rather than assigning problems 1 - 20, have Anna complete the even numbers.

*Social Studies Flash cards- Anna can spend short bursts of time practicing with the flash cards with a partner in class. Allow her to practice in class, allow her to learn skills that they can apply at home to help her study.

*Review Game- After each lesson, you can use short review games to help Anna remember what they have learned. If she gets the answer right she can pick from the Frozen prize box.

Modifications to the above plan for creating a classroom learning plan that meets the varying needs of all students in your classroom

Ways for building teacher-student connections for this student

* Not only should the other students create short term goals, but they should work to create long term goals as well. I think that being able to see both would greatly help a student see their success.

Ways for building student-student connections for this student

*The students with special needs shouldn't be the only one that is getting involved in after school activities. I believe both should be encouraged to get involved as well with in school and after school activities that will help benefit them.

Motivation strategies for learning and promoting positive behavior

* I will motivate my students to learn by reminding them that if they complete their work and have a good day then they can choose from their favorite stickers to put on their name tag for a prize once they receive 10 then they can choose from the prize box. Or if they don't want a sticker they can have a sucker or smarties.

Teaching methods used specifically for this student

Language Arts & Reading Comprehension

*Follow Along Reading- Allow all of the students to pick a book that they like like and once one student has finished sharing with the class their book the next student will read their book to the class.


*Post Office- Instead of just letting the students with a special need do this all students are welcome to write to me. Examples: If they had a good day, a problem they are having, something they need to tell me, or anything they would like to share.


*Manipulatives- All students could use their favorite color of foam shapes to practice spelling words or use a abc computer app to practice spelling words.

Assessment techniques to promote academic success for this student

*Review Games- Allowing the students to play a review game before they quiz or take a test helps them remember what they will need to know on a test. From this if they get the answer right they can earn points of extra credit on their tests.

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