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Modifying curriculum to suit children who are hyperactive or perhaps have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) should be done on an individualized basis.
Take into account the types of things that the child struggles with during school or specific classes. When that is done, the curriculum or the environment can be adapted to suit the child.
Many children who are diagnosed with hyperactivity cannot sit and listen to the teacher for long stretches of time. Therefore, it is important that the teacher allow for frequent breaks in instruction.
Children who are diagnosed as hyperactive should be allowed to stand or sit on the floor during instruction. Sometimes just changing how the child is sitting can make a difference in learning.
Hyperactive children can use books on tape and listen to what is being read on tapes with headphones rather than following along with the class. This is a great way to help a hyperactive child focus.
Using hands-on activities are a great way to keep a hyperactive child focused and involved with learning. Any curriculum that utilizes a hands-on approach is a great curriculum to use with children who are ADHD.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|