ADHD presents unique challenges in a person’s life – especially in areas that require focus, such as work or school environments. For students with ADHD, getting proper help can mean the difference between struggling or succeeding in their academic careers. Tutors who specialize in ADHD tutoring can help bridge that gap.
What is ADHD/ADD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that occurs in both children and adults. It has three common types, which present differently from each other: Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type, and Combined Type.
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type is characterized by above-normal levels of impulsivity and hyperactivity. Predominantly Inattentive Type is characterized by inattention, distractibility, poor working memory, and executive dysfunction. You may have heard of Inattentive Type under its former name, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
Children with Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive or Combined Type have the more “classic” and easily identifiable symptoms associated with ADHD. These symptoms include fidgeting or squirming, having a lot of energy, feeling restless, being very talkative and impulsive, and having difficulty waiting for their turn in discussions or activities.
On the other hand, children with Predominantly Inattentive Type may fly under the radar because they don’t fit the stereotypical idea of a child with ADHD. They usually are not disruptive in the classroom and tend to be “shy” or “daydreamers” instead. They may seem disinterested or distracted at school, and have a tendency toward forgetfulness and losing things. They also struggle to follow instructions and may make careless mistakes on their assignments.
How Does ADHD Impact Learning?
All types of ADHD can make it difficult for a student to stay focused at school. They often struggle with taking notes in class, studying for tests, and completing assignments on time. This struggle can make students with ADHD avoid schoolwork because they find it boring or stressful; it can also negatively impact their motivation and self-esteem. Without proper accommodation and treatment, they may fall behind in school.
ADHD isn’t solely a hindrance to learning, however. People with ADHD are energetic, spontaneous, inventive and creative. Some people with ADHD also have the ability to hyperfocus, giving their undivided attention to an interest or an activity for hours. If students with ADHD are passionate about a subject, they will be much more engaged in learning about it. With time and practice, students with ADHD can learn to harness their energy and bring that concentration level to other subjects.
Often, when students with ADHD are labelled “difficult,” it’s because the teachers don’t know how to connect with the student. Fortunately, there are many strategies that can be used to help “difficult students” thrive.
How Can ADHD Tutoring Help?
While both types of ADHD may require slightly different approaches, it’s important to note that every child has their own way of learning. Tutors who specialize in ADHD tutoring are flexible and willing to try out different teaching styles to find what works best for your child.
Some students may need to move around or fidget with an object to help them focus, while others may be visual learners who understand concepts better if they are accompanied by pictures. Students with ADHD also benefit greatly from structured lessons, a variety of exercises, rewards for staying focused, and short breaks during lessons.
At Tutoring…With A Twist, we also use VARK learning styles to better understand how each student learns best. This allows us to create tailored tutoring programs that help students learn more successfully.
One-on-one tutoring for students with ADHD can be especially helpful if the student feels distracted or overwhelmed in a classroom setting. ADHD tutors provide structure, encouragement and incentives to students struggling with distractibility and lack of motivation. They also give students important tools for dealing with ADHD, such as organizational and time-management skills.
A good ADHD tutor will be able to find your child’s passion and play to their strengths, helping them redirect their energy and train their focus. Above all, they can help your child become a self-directed learner, setting them up for success in their academic career and beyond.
Get Started with ADHD Tutoring
Now that you’ve heard the benefits of working with an ADHD tutor, you may be wondering where to start. If you think you’re ready to see what the twist has to offer, feel free to contact us. We would love to be a part of your success!
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