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ADHD in the classroom: An introduction of the experiences of one ADHD student

1 January 1996


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects as many as twenty million school aged children. Because I will have these students in my classroom, I was interested in looking at the ADHD child's experience in school. My focus was on the how the child performs in school and the kind of aid the child was provided in order to succeed. In this study I examined the following questions: What role did the classroom environment play in the experiences of the child? What role did teaching and learning styles play in the experience of the child? What role did behavior management/scaffolding play in the experiences of the child? The study was conducted in a small private school in a suburban area. Observations were made of a third grade student. He was diagnosed with ADHD before beginning school and has been taking prescribed dosages of Ritalin since being diagnosed. The research shows that medication and operant conditioning techniques are the most effective forms of coping for ADHD children. My observations and analysis show how the success of the student were related to the self-management techniques his teacher fostered. The striking success of this technique were contrary to the trends reported in the literature.


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