Teaching Teamwork: ADHD in the Classroom

Children can achieve real social and academic gains through cooperative learning. These 5 tips will help your ADHD students work effectively in groups.

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Teaching teamwork to children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) © istockphoto.com/bonniej

Decades of research have demonstrated that working in small, structured teams — that is, cooperative learning — is one of the most effective ways for ADHD students to master the curriculum. And kids who learn cooperatively typically make significant social and academic gains.

Of course cooperative learning can be challenging for students with attention deficit disorder . These kids may veer off-topic repeatedly, frustrating others in the group — or have trouble meeting deadlines or taking guidance from others.

But don’t let these potential problems discourage you from trying cooperative learning! If you structure it carefully, group work can be effective for all of your students, including those with ADHD. Parents might adapt these tips to help with homework , like during a study session for their child and his friends from school.

Next: Tip #1: Establish a Common Goal

This article comes from the Summer 2009 issue of ADDitude .

To read this issue of ADDitude in full, buy the back issue .

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