Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.

Teaching children with ADD and disabilities.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2020

Many students today seem to suffer from A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. I currently teach a student with three learning challenges. How can parents help their children when assisting with their homework? First, break information into small segments and concept check by making sure the child has understood the concept. For example, begin with concrete ideas such as identifying subjects and verbs in sentences. Students can’t punctuate correctly if they cannot find the beginning and end of a sentence. Begin with identification, and then switch to producing sentences. Have your child write a sentence and label the parts of speech. After simple sentences have been mastered, move on to compound sentences, or double sentences with coordinating conjunctions. Review, review, review. Students with challenges can learn just as well as long as they have opportunity to practise a lot. I find that speaking out loud helps to organize the information, and then have the child write a sentence. The key is breaking everything into small, manageable pieces, and work both forward and backward.

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