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Teaching Children With ADHD: Instructional Strategies and Practices



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Teaching Children

This ten-part series explores the three components of a successful strategy for educating children with ADHD: academic instruction, behavioral interventions, and classroom accommodations. Use the handy index below to find the specific information for which you are looking.

  • Identifying Children With ADHD
  • An Overall Strategy for the Successful Instruction of Children With ADHD
  • Successful Instruction: Introducing Lessons
  • Successful Instruction: Conducting Lessons
  • Successful Instruction: Concluding Lessons
  • Successful Instruction: Individualizing Instructional Practices -- Language Arts
  • Successful Instruction: Individualizing Instructional Practices -- Mathematics
  • Organizational and Study Skills Useful for Academic Instruction of Children With ADHD
  • Behavioral Intervention Techniques for Children With ADHD
  • Classroom Accommodations for Children With ADHD
  • References

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