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Re: Accommodations for Children and Teens

Classroom Management: Tips for Teens

- Consider using medication for school days (have parent pay them per day if need be)

- Find a “Coach” or “Mentor” at school who will give just 15 minutes to help teen

- The Coaches’ office is the student’s “locker”

- Schedule in three 5-minute checkups across each school day–teens goes to Coach at that time for review of school day, help with staying organized, monitoring a homework assignment sheet, tracking them through a daily behavior report card, and giving them a motivational pep talk to get through to next checkup

- Identify a parent-school ADHD liaison on the school staff

- This person serves as an intermediary on issues between parents & school

- Use daily assignment sheets for recording homework

- Use a daily or weekly school behavior card (see Figure 1)

- Move to self-evaluation after 2+ good weeks

- Keep extra set of books at home

- Learn typing/keyboard skills

- Tape record important lectures to listen to later when studying

- “Bucks for Bs” system (grades = $ from parents: for instance, for every paper brought home with a grade of C, parents add $.25 to the child’s allowance; for every grade of B, add $.50, and for every A add $1)

- Schedule hard classes in morning hours

- Alternate required or difficult classes with elective or more enjoyable classes

- Don’t give extra time on timed tests–no evidence it helps ADHD cases specifically; better to have distraction free test setting and employ time off the clock. This involves using a stopwatch placed on the students desk. They are permitted the same length of time “on the clock” for testing as other students. But at any time they can stop the stopwatch, take a brief break (minute or two of stretching, getting a drink of water, etc.), after which they return to the test and restart the stop watch. They can do this as often as they feel a need to do so during the test.

- Permit teen to listen to music at a quiet or reasonable level of volume during homework

- Get written syllabus as handouts to review and study

- Require note-taking in class and while reading to help pay attention

- Learn SQ4R system to boost reading comprehension (Meyer, 2007).

- Survey material, draft questions, then for each paragraph:
Read it, recite what is important to remember, write it down, review it, and do this again after each new paragraph

- Try peer tutoring in class for teens

- “Study-with-a-buddy” after school (see above)

- Find “fall-back” classmates (swap phone, e-mail, & fax numbers) for lost or missing assignment sheets

- Attend after-school help-sessions whenever available or get some scheduled if not routinely offered to students.

- Schedule parent-teacher review meetings with teen every 6 weeks (not at 9 week grading period)
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