I work extensively with teachers and support staff to bring about changes in approaches for learners with ADHD.  It's inspiring to see so much good practice, particularly when there's a willingness to share.

Here are some interesting strategies for managing behaviour issues, collated from a recent training event.  The behaviours are consistent with ADHD and some really good ideas were offered:

Behaviour: Angry with him/herself – fluctuating emotions

  • Speak to him/her and acknowledge that you can see he/she is angry
  • Focus on what he/she has done well
  • Stay calm
  • Listen (give him/her a chance to talk - social stories)
  • Time-out
  • Emotional literacy game

Behaviour: Restlessness

  • Regular breaks – go for walks/outside the classroom – 3 minutes to talk about the subject - everything you know
  • Activities in lesson (hands-on)
  • Clear tasks and roles
  • Shorter lesson plan/change of pace
  • Work in groups
  • Stress ball
  • Doodle book
  • Physical break - play a game that involves moving around

Behaviour: Calling out inappropriate comments in class

  • Ignore – it might be a diversion tactic
  • Mini whiteboard – write it down, rub it off if it’s rooted in anger, offer time out then structured time to talk
  • Time challenge/reward
  • Instigate a blurt book
  • Have a set of guidelines for acceptable behaviour given by students themselves, remind him of these

Please share.