Course Code: 4ad
Develop an understanding of ADHD and how it impacts children and their ability to learn in a classroom environment. Discuss the reasons for many behaviors associated with ADHD, some myths about ADHD, and how ADHD impacts the skills most of us take for granted. Then, learn the specific symptoms you can look for in a student and how to determine whether the student might be a candidate for ADHD evaluation.
Explore the issue of effort, and how students' perception of effort may be different from what others observe. Then, learn about three types of activation problems: overarousal, underarousal, and impulsivity. You will also develop strategies to help students with activation and motivation.
Learn why some students have a need to move and why movement is helpful to them. You will identify ways to incorporate movement into your school curriculum. Then, examine what attention is, how it works, how it needs to be regulated, and strategies that can help our students.
Learn about ADHD's impact on emotions. Identify the most common emotional patterns we see in students with ADHD and discover specific interventions you can use to decrease long-term negative effects. Then, learn why memory is so important, how memory works, and what happens when memory breaks down.
Examine the many ways that ADHD impacts school performance. Then, discover how to incorporate learning strategies for students with ADHD, while still addressing the needs of other students in the classroom.
Learn the teaching tools to help students with ADHD stay engaged and on task. Then, discover methods to encourage the independence of your ADHD students. You will learn strategies to teach them to rely on themselves as they navigate the education system.
A veteran educator, Ellen Arnold has been a reading specialist at the primary level, a social studies and reading teacher at the middle school level, and a special educator at the high school level. Ellen has spent years helping learners unlock their potential. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in special education—credentials that prepared her to see each student for his or her greatest strengths. Ellen has taught hundreds of students and teachers the secrets to creating highly effective classrooms.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Internet access, email, the Microsoft Internet Explorer orMozilla FirefoxWeb browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.