When kids with ADHD or other challenges are punished by not being allowed to participate you are doing WAY more harm than good.
No field trips!
No chance to be successful!
Come on adults, you can do better than this. When are you going to realize that punishing kids for being annoying by taking away the only things in school that are cool sets them up to fail.
Kids with ADHD are the least likely to graduate. Do you want to know why?
As you know I’ve now graduated and no am longer subject to this kind of bullying from school officials but I heard yesterday about 5 kids who were told to stay home from the start of the year field trip.
This can’t still be happening!
Yes, I know you are busy and have a too many kids in your class each with unique challenges and personalities. This is not enough of an excuse to just cut out helping the ones that need you the most.
Here are my 8 strategies to help kids with ADHD you can use right now:
- Ask parents for help. If a kids can’t safely participate in a field trip ask their parents, uncles, aunts, friends or someone who knows the kid well to come along with you.
- Be compassionate not punitive. Nothing good will come of punishing a kid who already has challenges being the way you want them to be.
- Don’t just exclude someone because you don’t feel like dealing with them.
- Talk to the student and ask them how the two of you can work together for them to go. Create a contract that THEY agree to not just rules you put down.
- Hold each other accountable for being good to each other.
- Build a trusting relationship with the kid every day, it starts with you.
- As the adult take the high road and lead the way to creating a positive safe place to be in your classroom.
- Do everything in your power to protect the opportunity for kids that struggle to behave to participate.
I realize this can be a tall order especially when it feels like one or two kids get all the attention. If you work on this over the year and build trust eventually even the most frustrating kid will be someone you are really proud to take anywhere.
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