Course Code: 4ad
Teaching students with ADHD presents challenges and opportunities. This lesson introduces ADHD and how it impacts children and their ability to learn in a classroom environment. You will learn the reasons for many behaviors associated with ADHD, some myths about ADHD, and how ADHD impacts skills.
This lesson explores the diagnostic process. A teacher takes many steps to document a student's behavior, consult with school personnel, and communicate with a student's parents or guardians. You will learn these steps, as well as how a pediatrician and a clinical psychologist evaluate a student.
Students with ADHD are often accused of being lazy, or simply not trying. This lesson focuses on the issue of effort, and how students' perception of effort may be different from what others observe. You will learn how effort problems impact school performance, and how brain chemistry relates to effort.
Students with ADHD often have trouble activating their brain. This lesson introduces three activation problems: overarousal, underarousal, and impulsivity. You will learn about the relationships between activation, motivation, and brain chemistry, as well as strategies to help students with these problems.
Sometimes, students with high activity levels can't seem to keep still in the classroom, and this can be extremely taxing on a teacher. This lesson explores why some students need to move and how movement is helpful to them. You will also learn how to help these students manage their movements.
Students with ADHD struggle with attention. Often, their mind wanders and they can't control this the same way an average student does. This lesson explores attention, how it needs to be regulated, and strategies that can help your students successfully control internal and external attention.
This lesson focuses on ADHD's impact on emotions. You will learn why this occurs neurologically, three common emotional patterns in students with ADHD, and specific interventions. You will also meet three students who are dealing with some significant emotional challenges as a result of their ADHD.
Want to better understand the memory process? This lesson explores why memory is so important, how memory works, and what happens when memory breaks down. You will also learn about the three types of memory: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.
Now that you understand how ADHD affects activation, attention, impulsivity, and memory, you can focus in on how ADHD impacts school performance. In this lesson, you will learn more about this issue, and explore a strength-based problem-solving model that you can use across the curriculum.
How do you incorporate learning strategies for students with ADHD while still addressing the other students' needs in the classroom? This is what this lesson focuses on. You will learn how to create an inclusive classroom that accommodates every student's needs and treats all students fairly.
This lesson focuses on specific materials teachers can develop prior to the opening of school, to prepare for the effective inclusion of students with ADHD. Then there are the teaching tools to use during lessons, to help students with ADHD stay engaged and on task.
In your final lesson, you will learn how students can take all of the tools you teach them and use them to their advantage. You will also meet a high school junior, who will share how he improves his self-knowledge, how he compensates for his ADHD, and the strategies he uses to succeed in school.
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. A veteran instructor, Arnold has taught hundreds of teachers the secrets to creating highly effective classrooms. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in special education.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access expires.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
Your course has given me tools that help me feel empowered. I often cry out loud (half laugh, half cry) as I read your lessons as I can relate to so many examples and you make me feel so hopeful for my own children and for my students. After almost two years of continually trying and searching for strategies to help my 6-yr old son (even with medication and multiple adjustments for him), I have often felt ready to give up. I have been using many of your suggested tricks (multiple dining room table seats and guided questions) and feel you have given me ideas for strategies to use as he grows and becomes more able to self analyze. Thank you."
Thank you so much, Ellen, for a great course. Even though this was an online course, your kind and approachable manner all made us feel as if we were in a classroom with you. We really appreciated your timely replies to discussion topics and assignments. Thank you for sharing all your personal insights and strategies, they will definitely be used by all of us on our teaching journey. I think if we strive to be half the teacher you are, we'll be touching childrens' lives in the same positive way."
Ellen, I loved this course! You brought so much light into a dark and unknown world. I can not thank you enough for all your dedication to such a difficult disorder and for sharing all of your knowledge with your class. I knew nothing about ADHD and now I feel as though I have the tools to help my son succeed and become the best person he can be, despite having ADHD."
Thanks so much. I am almost ready to take my final exam. This has been such a valuable course for me. I have taken many courses over the past 20 years, and this has been my favorite because I actually learned real-life practical strategies to use with my son and in my classroom. This is what professional development is supposed to be!"
This is an excellent class. I learned so much about ADHD and was able to use the knowledge immediately in my class. I was so excited about what I learned that I asked my principal if I can share some of the classroom strategies during one of our teacher inservice sessions. My students with ADHD will have a much more knowledgeable teacher who will use the strategies taught to make my classroom more friendly and appropriate for all my students. This is one of the best classes I have taken. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise."
Thank you for developing such an excellent course. Although I am not a teacher, as a parent of a 15 year old son with ADHD, I found this information to be invaluable! My son read every lesson and learned a lot...we are both in a much better place as a result of this information."
Thank you, your materials and references are superb. At the beginning I said I felt frustrated, now I feel empowered with knowledge that both my son and I can use to help him."
Thank you for creating such a wonderful course, Ellen. I have read countless books/articles on ADHD, but this course was by far the best resource. From the detailed lessons with concrete information and practical strategies, to the discussion groups and additional sources to explore, I am thankful to have participated in this meaningful and pertinent course."
Thank you, Ellen, for creating an outstanding online course. You modeled how lessons should be presented for an ADHD student, whether elementary, secondary, or college age."
Thank you, Ellen, for providing a very rich learning opportunity. This is by far one of the best courses I have taken! The content is relevant to today's students' needs; I appreciate the plethora of new strategies I can use for working with these students and provide in my coaching/collaborations with teachers and teams. I can't say enough about how beneficial this course has been to my work and my perspective on individuals with ADHD. Thank you!"
I have spent the better part of my son's life trying to calm him down before bedtime. Not once did I think that perhaps his room and the clutter in there might have something to do with the reasons why it is difficult for him to calm down...My son already suffers from anxiety, however I didn't think his room was causing any of the anxiety or distraction from sleep. It definitely was! We spent an afternoon cleaning and organizing his room and he feels so much pride in it that he has kept it that way...I have read many books and articles on ADHD. This course was by far the best money I have spent to date trying to help my son."