If you have a hyperactive kid in your class, you know the most difficult part is just keeping him or her in their seat. Everyone with an ADHD kid knows they need more attention.
Make Sure They Get Plenty Of Physical Activity
Children that are hyperactive or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need to move around. Watch them at recess and breaks to make sure they are getting plenty of physical activity during their breaks. You may want to suggest jump roping, bike riding or running during recess instead of activities such as climbing, swinging and sports. An ADHD kid needs plenty of physical activity.
An ADHD kid will also do better in class directly after physical activity or exercise.
Give Them a Ball To Roll Around Under Their Feet
Sometimes these kids just need to keep moving. If you want them to sit still enough to do their school work, try to keep their feet busy at the same time. Place a ball under their chair that they can place their feet on. The disturbance will hardly be noticed and the child will be able to focus on his or her work. At least you will be able to keep the hyperactive or ADHD kid in his or her seat longer.
Shorten The Length of Academic Activities
If the child is still having difficulty focusing for long, you may want to reduce the length of the activity to less than 20 minutes. If the activity is not finished, you can come back to it later. Whenever possible switch between academic activities and art, play, fun or sensory activities. Children will do better on the academic activities and will be easier for you to handle. An ADHD kid may need to increase his learning periods over time.
Include Music, Singing and Dancing
Include music, singing and dancing in your school schedule every day even if it is only for a short period of time. Just singing one song can help children focus and pay attention better. Teach them songs that they will need to know growing up in America such as The Star Spangled Banner, Take Me Out to the Ballgame and America the Beautiful. ADHD kids love music just like all kids do.
Remember to give plenty of verbal praise to all of your students and never any negative. Positive reinforcement works well for kids and negative reinforcement does not. Show students what you want them to do by setting a good example with your own activities. ADHD kids need even more praise than usual.
Be happy, positive and encouraging at all times. Kids thrive in a positive environment. Even if you are having a bad day, never let your students see it. If you need to keep your hyperactive or ADHD kid in his or her seat longer, just have patience and it will happen.