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AD/HD children crave relationship. Teachers are perfectly positioned to deliver positive commentary and even "create" success when the student is experiencing feelings of failure. Line-of-sight eye contact and allowing the child to meet success by "helping" in some way, lay the foundation for smoothing out the rough patches. Notice, notice, notice everything the child gets right and comment on it in a positive way. Meet the perennial response to your questions by AD/HD children that begin with: "I don't know," with the response: "It's okay not to know. That's a great starting point; I appreciate your honesty." This kind of opening goes a long way to securing the child's respect and cooperation.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|