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Teaching Young Children With ADHD
Successful Strategies and Practical Interventions for PreK-3

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March 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin

"Well written, easy to read, and comprehensive in scope. The advice, strategies, and vignettes all are excellent."
—Sandra F. Rief, Author of How to Reach & Teach Children With ADD/ADHD and The ADHD Book of Lists

"This is the most complete and definitive book on the topic. A must-read for every educator and administrator."
—Carol S. Reynolds, Principal, Frostproof Elementary School, FL

Know the facts about ADHD to improve children's academic and behavioral outcomes!

This indispensable resource provides general education teachers with a solid understanding of ADHD, detailed descriptions of how it manifests in preschool and the primary grades, and research-based approaches for designing and adapting instruction to meet the needs of all young children. Together, the authors offer decades of experience from the fields of school psychology, special education, and medicine. Their combined knowledge clarifies and informs the what, why, and how of inclusive strategies that work, particularly for children with attention disorders.

In reading this book, you will discover:

  • Practical interventions to develop children's social skills and manage classroom behavior
  • Suggestions for helping children with ADHD master the challenging task of writing
  • Guidelines for recognizing appropriate and inappropriate responses to medication
  • Recommendations for partnering with parents and families
  • In-depth profiles of children with ADHD, and more

By being aware of the impact that ADHD has on children's social, emotional, and educational development, educators can work toward building trust with both students and parents, and develop a positive, lasting influence on the lives of the children they teach.


 
Foreword by Meredith Cathcart
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Yes, ADHD Is a Real Disorder!
Myth or Fact?

 
Diagnostic Criteria

 
Manifestations of ADHD

 
Prevalence of ADHD

 
Recognizing and Understanding ADHD in Young Children

 
What Causes ADHD?

 
Creating an Optimal Learning Environment

 
Summary

 
 
2. Recognizing ADHD: Primary Symptoms and Common Impairments
Inattention

 
Hyperactivity

 
Impulsivity

 
Other Behaviors Often Seen in Children With ADHD

 
Impairments in Executive Functioning

 
Temperament and ADHD

 
Summary

 
 
3. Developing and Reinforcing Appropriate Social Skills
Preschool and Elementary School as the Training Ground

 
What Are Social Skills and Why Are They So Important?

 
Social-Skills Development

 
Strategies That Support Social Skill Development

 
Five Problem-Solving Areas That Challenge Children With ADHD

 
Suggestions for Reinforcing Appropriate Social Behaviors

 
Challenging Settings for Children With ADHD

 
Summary

 
 
4. Help, This Kid Is Driving Me Crazy!!: Proactive Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Supports
Developing a Personal Philosophy of Behavior Management

 
Analyzing Behavior

 
Putting the Strategies to Practice

 
Summary

 
 
5. How Do I Teach This Kid? Classroom Strategies to Support All Learners
Classroom Success Is Possible

 
Treating Children With ADHD Fairly

 
Defining the Objective of the Lesson

 
The Differentiated Classroom

 
Making Appropriate Accommodations

 
Beyond Accommodations and Interventions: The Special Education Referral

 
Learning Disabilities

 
Other Health Impaired

 
Summary

 
 
6. Why Is Writing So Hard? Specific Strategies to Develop Writing Skills
Why Writing Is So Hard

 
Teaching Early Writing

 
Analyzing Writing Tasks

 
Scaffolds for Writing Success

 
The Dreaded Book Report!

 
The Even More Dreaded Written Report

 
Summary

 
 
7. What Teachers Should Know About Medication
What Medications Are Most Commonly Used to Treat ADHD?

 
What Changes Can I Expect to See With My Students on Stimulants?

 
Do Stimulants Cure ADHD? How Do These Medicines Work?

 
How Long Does a Child With ADHD Need to Be on Medication Before It Works?

 
How Will I Know If My Student Is Over-Medicated?

 
If the Medicine Works, Does That Confirm That the Diagnosis of ADHD Is Correct?

 
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Stimulants That My Student Might Experience?

 
What Information From Teachers Is Helpful to Doctors?

 
Are Stimulants Addictive?

 
Can Stimulants Lead to Problems With Abuse of Other Drugs?

 
Are There Particular Kids Who Would Be Expected to Do Poorly on Stimulants?

 
Are There Children Who Need to be on Medication Only at School?

 
Are there Problems With Adverse Drug Interactions if a Child Is on a Stimulant?

 
I've Heard That Kids Can Become Psychotic on Stimulants. Is It True?

 
Can Stimulants Be Used by Children Younger Than Age 5?

 
My Students Used to Do Well on Ritalin, but Now It Doesn't Seem to Work. What's Going On?

 
Are There Any Good Natural Remedies Available for Treating ADHD?

 
One of My Students Is on Prozac. Is This Commonly Used in Young Children With ADHD?

 
Do Medications Help Learning Disabilities?

 
One of My Students Is Very Defiant and Oppositional. Will Medications Help With This?

 
Summary

 
 
8. Communicating Effectively With Parents
Parents: The Most Important Resource

 
Respect and Acknowledge the Challenges Parents Face

 
Criticism Is the Least Effective Form for Change

 
ADHD as an "Excuse"

 
Helping Parents Separate Enabling From Supportive Decisions

 
When It Seems a Child Might Have ADHD

 
When Parents Don't Disclose That Their Child Is Taking Medication

 
Regular Communication Is Critical

 
Summary

 
 
9. Taking Care of Yourself
Recognizing the Signs of Stress

 
Suggested Ways to Lower Stress

 
 
Resource A: Recognizing ADHD in Preschool and Primary Grades: Real Profiles
 
Resource B: Other Disorders Sometimes Associated With ADHD
 
Resource C: Childhood Disorders and Conditions That Can Mimic ADHD in Young Children
 
Resource D: Recommended Books for Teachers
 
Resource E: Useful Web Sites
 
References
 
Index

"Well written, easy to read, and comprehensive in scope. The advice, strategies, and vignettes are all excellent."

Sandra F. Rief
Author of How to Reach & Teach Children With ADD/ADHD and The ADHD Book of Lists

"This is the most complete and definitive book on the topic. A must-read for every educator and administrator."

Carol S. Reynolds, Principal
Frostproof Elementary School, FL

"From interventions and ideas for helping kids with ADHD learn to tips for understanding medications, this pairs profiles of kids with ADHD with tested solutions teachers can use throughout the analysis, intervention, and educational process."

California Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Offers clear explanations and descriptions of the symptoms of ADHD, common impairments, and associated disorders
  • In-depth profiles of real preschool through grade 3 children with ADHD are examined in the Resources section
  • Provides teachers with tools to adapt teaching strategies across different subject areas, with an entire chapter dedicated to writing
  • Walks teachers through developing children's social and problem-solving skills
  • Addresses how to recognize appropriate and inappropriate responses to medication, and when parents and doctors should be notified

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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