ERIC Number: ED385020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
ADHD: A Teachers' Guide.
Templeton, Rosalyn A.
This paper provides a brief historical outline of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), its definition, its behavioral characteristics, and a guide to creating successful learning environments for these students. Diagnostic criteria for ADHD are listed and discussed, and incidence figures of 3 to 5 percent of all school-age children are cited. The paper briefly describes the following typical characteristics of students with ADHD: short attention spans and distractibility, impulsivity, free flight of ideas, poor organizational skills, insatiability, hyperactivity, social immaturity, performance inconsistency, inflexibility, mood swings, and poor short-term memory. Disorders that may mimic the characteristics of ADHD are identified, including anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, learning disabilities, depression, manic-depressive illness, and seasonal affective disorder. The controversy over the use of medications to treat ADHD is addressed. A section on ways to make school successful for students with attention deficits covers the importance of being knowledgeable about symptoms and attitudes surrounding ADHD, characteristics of successful teachers, the classroom environment, modifying the curriculum, ways to help students listen and attend, the need to provide students with frequent breaks, and homework. (Contains 17 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Oregon Conference Monograph 1995. Volume 7; see EC 304 046.