17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

Research shows that students with ADHD can concentrate better when they are allowed to fidget (here’s a link to the study). But what if this becomes a distraction to the rest of the class? We have received hundreds of comments from Facebook of teachers, parents and students with great ideas to allow students waving softly, and here are some of our favorites:

1. Ball compression

Squishy balls, stress balls, Koosh balls, hand exercisers … there are dozens of objects that can be squeezed in silence. Master tip ensure that children wear under their desks for minimum other distractions. Fun idea of ​​the activity: fill balloons with different elements (seeds, dough, flour, etc.) to squish


2. Fidgets

moves are small objects that help keep hands busy by students in excess. They can be purchased at Amazon.com or use items such as bead bracelets, Rubik’s cubes, or slinkies.

3. Silly Putty

clay, modeling paste, or a sticky point may also keep hands busy students.

4. Velcro

Tape a strip of Velcro hard side under the desk of the student. It gives them something to touch. Many types of objects can work, such as files or straws.

5. necklaces or chewable gum

Chewing gum can help keep some students with ADHD focused. In classrooms without gum, chewable pieces necklaces can also work. You can also wrap tubes or rubber bands airline at the ends of pencils for students to chew.

6. Doodling

Doodling can help many students focus, not just those with ADHD (here’s inquiry if you’re interested). Some students also benefit if you can call during story time or a lesson.


7. Background Noise / Music

A fan in the back of the room can help some students focus. Letting them listen to music on headphones (provided they do not interfere with what is happening in class) can also help. A teacher was successful with an aquarium in the back of the room -. Students liked to hear the click calm water

8. chair leg bands

tie a large rubber band (or band yoga) through both front legs of the chair for students to push or pull against her legs.

9. Bouncy Balls

Also known as yoga balls, stability balls or exercise balls. These are potentially great for all students, not just those with ADHD.

10. Swivel chairs

Children can twist a bit from side to side. A rocking chair also works.

11. Rocking chairs

As in swivel chairs or seats the disk, these chairs students will oscillate within their seats. tip Teacher: do not let students get too wobbly, or may fall

12. Seats disk

These sit in a chair and rock allow students in their seats (without being as dangerous as rocking chair all). Cushions can also work.

13. The standing desks

Great for all students, not just those who have to worry. More information about the students brought to class standing desks in this post community Edutopia: Using Stand Up Tables in the classroom. If it is within your budget, you can also use treadmill desks.

14. Desks with swinging footrest

A built-in footrest can help reduce noise that would otherwise occur with foot tapping.

15. Stationary bikes

Put a stationary bike in the back of the class is a great way to help students to be active, with the added benefit of exercise!

16. The number of classrooms to move

Clear an area on the side or back of the room so that students stand, stretch, dance, rhythm, or money. If you are brave, you can set up small trampolines for students to jump on.

17. Flexible workplaces

Students do not have to do their learning on your desktop. A student did his job on the windowsill, while another moved from one desk to another. Have different learning stations can benefit all types of students. For ideas on creating your class

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