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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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5.12 Strategies to Bypass and Accommodate Writing Difficulties

For Teachers

  • It commonly takes children with ADHD significantly longer than others their age or grade to produce written work. An assignment that takes most students twenty minutes or so to complete may take hours for a child with ADHD. So, keep that in mind when giving written assignments and homework to these students and when sending home incomplete work.
  • Assign reasonable amounts of homework and writing assignments.
  • Make adjustments in order to accept modified homework that requires reduced amounts of writing. Discuss the adjustments ahead of time with students and parents.
  • When writing in class is required, allow students to take extra time as needed, particularly on essay questions for written assessments.
  • Substitute nonwritten, hands-on assignments and oral presentations for written assignments.
  • Give students options and choices that do not require writing but may involve investigating, building, drawing, simulating, telling, demonstrating, and so on.
  • Reduce the need to copy from the board or book. Provide photocopies of notes or share notes digitally with students. Another option is to let students access notes via the interactive whiteboard or take snapshots from the board or book on their smartphone or other personal devices to download later.
  • Enlarge the space for doing written work on math papers, tests, and worksheets.
  • Stress the accuracy and quality of writing, not the volume.
  • Permit students to dictate ...

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