We appreciate how much can be expected from a teacher…from the school administration, parents, and the community. The Affinity Center staff is prepared to help. Our goal is to simplify, rather than complicate, the educational process for BOTH the teacher and the student.
That means helping you understand a particular child’s needs in the most manageable way possible. You may have years of experience teaching ADD or ADHD students, or you may have experience raising a child with ADHD yourself. You may know, then, that no two cases of this disorder are alike, beyond stating that it interferes with student’s ability to learn. If you are facing anew the challenges of an ADHD student, you know some help and guidance would be nice. We want to work with you to develop uncomplicated strategies that will help this child with all facets of his or her academic life, including in your classroom.
It is not abnormal for students to fidget in their seats or to experience difficulty staying on task. However, some ADHD students are not able to control their impulses and concentration on their own. They need therapeutic and sometimes medical help, alongw ith ADHD-friendly environments. While you can not be expected to change the overall environment of your classroom for each “special” student, there are ways to help ADHD better navigate the structure of your learning environment. Our staff wants to hear your concerns about the student and help the family hear them, too. We will work with all individuals involved to select and prioritize the problems, understanding the “extra effort” you are making in working with students who are sometimes challenging.
The Affinity Center may also work with the family to help them analyze their child’s difficulties. They need to be able to communicate what events may trigger, reinforce, or maintain their child’s problem behavior. They need to follow through on mutually agreed tasks, so the student understands the level of cooperation and teamwork that is being put into place for their benefit. The Affinity staff may visit your classroom (as circumstances allow) to see what strategies would work best for both you and the student. We may also visit the student’s home to assist the family more effectively in tapping into their child’s personal resources.
The Affinity Center’s team of therapists, physicians, and consultants work together to help children and adults with ADHD realize that they can live highly productive and successful lives. We want to work with you to help students integrate structure and positive study habits into their day-to-day lives so they can build the confidence and self-esteem every child needs.
[box] Interested in learning more about teaching students with ADHD? Try our teacher mental health information section.[/box]