72 Classroom Accommodations for Students With ADHD

Are you a teacher looking for accommodations for students with ADHD? Don’t worry we have you covered. Below you will find 72 examples of accommodations that teachers can make to adapt to the needs of students with ADHD.

1. Seat student in a quiet area

2. Seat student near a good role model

3. Seat student near the teacher

4. Seat student near a peer tutor

5. Increase the distance between desks

6. Allow the student to have more time to complete their assigned work

7. Shorten all assignments or tasks

8. Break long assignments into smaller parts so the student can see an end to work

9. Assist the student in setting short term and long term goals

10. Give the student assignments one at a time to avoid work overload

11. Require fewer correct responses

12. Reduce the amount of homework

13. Teach the student how to self-monitor their behavior using cueing

14. Pair written instructions with oral instructions

15. Provide peer assistance in note-taking

16. Give clear, concise instructions

17. Seek to involve the student in your lectures

18. Cue the student to stay on task

19. Ignore minor, inappropriate behavior; only address serious misbehavior

20. Increase the immediacy of rewards and consequences

21. Use the time-out method

22. Supervise the student closely during transition times

23. Use appropriate reprimands for misbehavior

24. Respond to positive behavior with compliments

25. Set up a behavior contract

26. Call on only when the hand is raised in an appropriate manner

27. Praise when hand raised to answer question

28. Allow the student to stand while working

29. Provide an opportunity for “seat breaks”

30. Provide a short break in between assignments

31. Remind students to check over their work

32. Give students extra time to complete tasks

33. Provide reassurance and encouragement

34. Frequently compliment positive behavior

35. Speak softly in a non-threatening manner

36. Review instructions to make sure the student comprehends the directions

37. Find opportunities for the student to display a leadership role in class

38. Frequently conference with parents to learn about student’s interests & achievements outside of school

39. Send positive notes home every week

40. Make time to talk with a student

41. Encourage social interactions with classmates if the student is withdrawn or excessively shy

42. Reinforce the student in intervals

43. Look for signs of stress build-up and provide encouragement or reduced workload to alleviate pressure

44. Spend time talking to students who seem frustrated

45. Provide training in emotional intelligence

46. If reading is weak: provide additional reading time

47. If the oral expression is weak: accept all oral responses

48. If written language is weak: accept non-written forms for reports

49. If math is weak: allow the use of a calculator; provide the student with additional math time; provide immediate feedback.

50. Ask for parental help in encouraging organization

51. Provide organizational rules

52. Encourage the student to have a notebook with dividers and folders for work

53. Provide the student with a homework assignment journal

54. Supervise the writing down of homework tasks

55. Send daily/weekly progress reports home

56. Routinely check desk and notebook for neatness

57. Allow the student to have an extra set of books

58. Do not punish or reprimand for poor handwriting

59. Encourage learning of keyboarding skills

60. Allow the student to tape-record assignments or homework

61. Praise compliant and appropriate behavior

62. Provide immediate feedback

63. Use teacher attention to reinforce positive behaviors

64. Acknowledge the positive behavior of a nearby student

65. Implement a classroom behavior management system

66. Monitor social interactions

67. Set up social behavior goals with the student and implement a reward program

68. Prompt appropriate social behavior either verbally or with private signal

69. Encourage cooperative learning tasks with other students

70. Provide small group social skills training

71. Praise student frequently

72. Assign individual responsibilities to the student, so others observe the student in a positive light

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