Learning Difference – ADHD in the Classroom

What is ADHD in the classroom?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the classroom is a learning difference characterized by an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity & impulsivity that adversely affects the academic, social and emotional growth of the student.

How do I know if my student has ADHD?

While it is normal to have some degree of these three behaviors, a student with ADHD will experience them in a more severe manner, more often, to a degree that interferes with how they function in the classroom.

What are the signs that my student may have ADHD?

Repeated parental contact from teachers and administrators regarding a student’s poor performance, or ongoing disciplinary action can be a warning sign that the student is experiencing ADHD in the classroom.

Comments from teachers regarding behaviors such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity to a degree requiring this communication from the school are the most telltale signs that this learning difference may be present in the student.

How does inattention affect my student in the classroom?

Inattention can lead to the student making careless mistakes in schoolwork and problems sustaining attention that leaves gaps in knowledge and important information. Furthermore, the inability to listen when spoken to directly, and becoming easily distracted are other common symptoms.

Symptoms occur to where classroom success is hindered and reflected in poor academic performance. An accompanying decline in self-confidence and interest in school must then be addressed by a specialized curriculum that matches the unique learning needs of the student, or problems will continue to occur.

How does hyperactivity affect my student in the classroom?

Hyperactivity is characterized by behaviors that can include:

  • talking nonstop or talking during inappropriate times
  • fidgeting and squirming while seated
  • leaving assigned seat when staying seated is expected
  • Inability to remain focused during quiet activities

Hyperactivity essentially lessens the ability of a student to focus on learning due to an increased need to be in motion or to feel active. Over time, the effects of this can hinder their own learning and become disruptive to the learning environment, which often leads to parental contact by teachers.

How does impulsivity affect my student in the classroom?

Impulsivity is characterized by such behaviors including:

  • Blurting out answers without raising their hand or before a question is completed
  • Engaging in spontaneous and/or unexpected behaviors
  • Interrupting or intruding on others during conversation, games or activities

Impulsivity can have negative social effects on the student and hinder their own learning due to constant breaks in focus and attention.

How does ADHD in the classroom affect the long-term success of my student?

The student is ultimately adversely affected by a skill deficit, or noticeable difference in the ability to be successful in the classroom in relation to students of similar age.

Left unaddressed, a skill deficit can have increasingly negative effects on the overall happiness and forward academic growth and success of the student, both in the classroom and out.

How is a skill deficit remedied at Marburn Academy?

Marburn takes a dedicated and multi-faceted approach to provide a uniquely effective classroom environment to overcome skill deficits in students with learning differences. The Marburn Difference utilizes:

  • A positive, safe learning environment
  • Scientifically validated teaching methods
  • The Inquiry-based Approach
  • Experiential Arts Programs

I want to learn more about The Marburn Difference as an option for my student. What steps should I take next?

Our Admission Inquiry is the first step to learning more about how Marburn can help your student. Or connect with us by submitting the form below.


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