Certificate in Teaching Students With ADHD Online Course

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Start Now To Learn Teaching Students With ADHD Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are always hearing things like "Try harder," "Pay attention," and "Sit still." And they'd love to do these things—but they don't know how!   In this course, you'll discover practical ways to help children with ADHD control their behavior and succeed in school. And you'll be learning from the real experts: the children themselves. You'll find out how Kristi controls her behavior and how Wanda handles boredom. You'll see how Adam jump-starts his thought processes, how Harry satisfies his need to move without bothering his teacher, and how Darren aces his homework.  In addition, you'll hear from parents and teachers about the amazing benefits of relatively simple adaptations in space, structure, rules, and expectations. You'll also explore myths and facts about ADHD and see how this condition affects motivation, activity level, attention, and memory.   These lessons will arm you with powerful strategies you can put to use immediately in your own classroom. By the time you're done, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to help students with ADHD compensate for their problems and achieve their full potential. Course Fast Facts: Learn Teaching Students With ADHD  Online Course in only 6 weeks Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course How is the Teaching Students With ADHD  Online Course studied? Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be...

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Requirements: Entry requirements Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills. Minimum education Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course. Computer requirements Students will need access to a computer and the internet. Minimum specifications for the computer are: Windows: Microsoft Windows XP, or later Modern and up to date...

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What you'll learn on the course

Motivation
Teaching
Performance
School
Skills and Training

Course programme

There are 12 units of study

Understanding Students With ADHD

Teaching students with ADHD presents challenges and opportunities. In this lesson, you'll develop an understanding of ADHD and how it impacts children and their ability to learn in a classroom environment. We'll 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, such as estimating time, monitoring effort, organizing and planning, and controlling impulses and attention. By the end of this first lesson, you'll have a new appreciation for students who struggle with ADHD.

The Diagnostic Process

In this lesson, we're going to take a close look at the diagnostic process. There are lots of steps a teacher takes in documenting a student's behavior, consulting with school personnel, and effectively communicating with a student's parents. We'll cover all of these steps, as well as the steps a pediatrician and a clinical psychologist take in evaluating a student. We'll also discuss the specific symptoms you can look for in a student and how to determine whether the student might be a candidate for evaluation. And we'll look at the differences between girls and boys with ADHD.

Are They Putting in the Effort?

Students with ADHD are often accused of being lazy, or simply not trying. In this lesson, we'll explore the issue of effort, and how students' perception of effort may be different from what others observe. We'll see how problems with effort impact school performance, and how brain chemistry relates to effort. We'll also discuss how a student's self-knowledge impacts positive behavior.

ADHD and Brain Activation

Students with ADHD often have trouble with activating their brain. Sometimes, it takes a great deal of effort to activate it at all. Some students have brains that are overactive, and others have trouble keeping their overactive brain private. In this lesson, we'll look at three types of activation problems: overarousal, underarousal, and impulsivity. We'll explore the relationships between activation and motivation, and activation and brain chemistry. We'll discuss the activation process, as well as strategies we can use to help students with these problems.

ADHD and Activity Level

Students with a high activity level can't seem to keep from wiggling, bouncing, tapping, and talking in the classroom. And this can be extremely taxing on a teacher. Chances are, you've encountered children with a high activity level before, and you've probably struggled to find ways to get these children to settle down long enough to complete an assignment. Today, we'll discuss why some students have a need to move and why movement is helpful to them, and we'll look at some of the most common movements and ways to help these students take care of their need to move without bothering you or anyone else! You'll also learn ways to incorporate movement into your curriculum that will help many of your students be more successful in school.

Attention and ADHD

We've finally gotten to the A in ADHD—attention! We all attend to both internal thoughts and external stimulation. Students with ADHD struggle with attention, because their mind wanders and they don't have control over this in the same way that the average student does. Today, we'll take a close look at what attention is, how it works, how it needs to be regulated, and strategies that can help our students control both internal and external attention more successfully. So pay attention as we venture into the world of attention regulation!

The Emotional Impact of ADHD

Today, we'll look at ADHD's impact on emotions. We'll explore why this occurs neurologically and three of the most common emotional patterns we see in students with ADHD, as well as specific interventions we can use to decrease long-term negative effects. The effects of ADHD on a student's emotions can be significant. In this lesson, you'll meet three students who are dealing with some significant emotional challenges as a result of their ADHD: Ed, who copes by shutting down; Kathleen, who has developed severe anxiety; and AJ, whose frustration manifests in angry outbursts. 

Memory

Want to better understand the memory process? In this lesson, you'll learn why memory is so important, how memory works, and what happens when memory breaks down. We'll discuss working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. And, as always, we'll identify a wide variety of strategies that will improve memory functioning. Even though our focus is on students with ADHD, we can all benefit from improving our memory skills. Are you ready to store this information in your memory bank?

Problem-Solving for Academic Performance

Now that we understand how ADHD affects activation, attention, impulsivity, and memory, we can focus in on how ADHD impacts school performance. If so many of these students are smart, why do they fail? If we test their reading skills, they may do fine, but why do they make so many mistakes on reading comprehension tests? They have great ideas and answer questions in class, but their writing is often unorganized and maybe even unreadable. They seem to know the math you're teaching, but they do poorly on the tests. In this lesson, we'll look at these important issues, and explore a strength-based problem-solving model that you can use across the curriculum!

Classroom Beliefs and Rules

How do you incorporate learning strategies for students with ADHD while still addressing the other students' needs in the classroom? This is what we're going to discuss in today's lesson. We'll talk about how to create an inclusive classroom that accommodates the needs of all students, and how to treat all students fairly and give them the respect they need and deserve. And we'll discuss classroom rules that are effective for all students. We'll also talk about the underlying beliefs that support these rules and how to apply these beliefs in your classroom.

Preplanning and Facilitating an ADHD-Friendly Classroom

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.  Parents: there is a chapter specifically for you, which focuses on ways to adapt many of these same strategies when you are helping your children be successful with homework.

Student Self-Reliance

In our final lesson, we'll discuss how students can take all of the tools we teach them and use them to their advantage. Students with ADHD need to be able to rely on themselves as they navigate the education system. Today, we'll meet Brian, a junior in high school, who will share with us how he improves his self-knowledge, how he compensates for his ADHD, and the strategies he uses to succeed in school.

Additional information

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and...