Tips for communicating with ADHD students

  • Avoid ‘no’ and ‘don’t’ – change to ‘could you show me’ or ‘could you do’
  • If the child seems to be arguing with you (which is typical ADHD behaviour), use phrases such as ‘Please let me finish and then it will be your turn to talk’
  • Try to use distraction techniques such as ‘could you just help me carry something’
  • Remind them that it is ok to disagree
  • Use phrases such as ‘I know you don’t like my request, but I believe it is the best decision’
  • Thank them if they accept your request
  • Explain that total non-compliance will have to be reported
  • Talk about their interests
  • Give personal space where possible and keep voice quiet but firm – not raised

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