My name is Cheri. I have a Master's Degree in Education, a Bachelor's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education, a Fine Art Minor, and am certified to teach Cross-Categorical (all disability areas and levels). I have been teaching special education for 25 years. I currently teach elementary, and have taught middle school, 8th grade for 15 years, as well as high school for a short time. I currently case manage one high school student with a physical disability and wor...
In my 25 years of teaching special needs students, I have learned that individuals with ADD/ADHD can be taught to focus. They do focus, they are just interrupted with their thoughts, need a quiet place to work usually, or sometimes need a lot of noise. They need some tasks broken down, and need to know how long something will take to learn so that can commit that amount of time in their brain to focus. Various things can be used such as a highlighter, music, blue lights, routine, more time to complete tasks, allowed to talk to themselves, movement while learning, a special chair or seat cushion, etc. A teacher who is totally in-tuned to their needs will be successful.