No matter how controversial ADHD may
become at times, one thing is certain – everyone would like to help the ADHD
pupil or student so that he/she can partake more fully of school activities
without disrupting the work of others.
Similarly there cannot be a parent
who has an ADHD child who does not wish, at least part of the time, that the
child could just settle down and work or even just watch TV, quietly.
Just like “normal” children.
It is in response to these feeling
of both parents and teachers that Helping
ADHD pupils and students through school
has been written.
It is a volume that explains
succinctly what the latest research on ADHD reveals, and then sets out in great
detail exactly how ADHD pupils and students can be helped and supported in
their day to day activities within the school.
There is no
assumption in this volume that the ADHD youngster is going to be given a drug
treatment to help control the effect of ADHD. The effects of ADHD drugs
such as Ritalin are explained, but the materials and plans given here will work
with those who have don’t have any medication, those who have it, but are not
affected by it all day, and with those who are constantly medicated while at school.
A fundamental view of the book is
that the best approach for any ADHD child is one in which the parents and
school can work together with a common purpose to help the young person –
and with this in mind there is a substantial section of material at the end of
the book that can be copied and passed on to parents.
This parental section contains both
explanations, and practical approaches to dealing with the ADHD child at home.
Of course we all recognise that not
every ADHD child’s parents will be able to work in the organised and controlled
manner that will help ADHD pupils and students, and therefore we work within
the school-based sections, from the basis that although parental support is
ideal, it doesn’t always happen.
What is essential is that everyone
who deals with an ADHD young person understands what ADHD is, how to
distinguish it from other forms of excessive behaviour and how to work
positively with these young people for their benefit, without disturbing the
rest of the school.
The book looks at individual
behaviour, plus issues such as rewards, punishments, handling special days when
behaviour may be exacerbated, overcoming impulsiveness, homework, where ADHD
people can succeed and do well, ADHD and responsibility, and sport,
the arts and other activities.
Cat No: 978 1 86083 855 2