Did you know that In the United States, more than 9.4 percent of children (6.1 million) between the ages of 2 and 17 have ADHD? This means that as a teacher, there is a good chance that you have at least one student in your classroom with ADHD. And if you don’t know what to do about it, they are likely not performing to their fullest potential. In this blog post, we will discuss the impact of ADHD on student performance and how schools can help these students succeed. We will also discuss our own experiences with 1-1 learning and how it has helped our ADHD students thrive!
What Is ADHD and What Are the Symptoms?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is a neurological disorder that affects the way an individual’s brain develops. Symptoms of ADHD vary from person to person. Generally, they include difficulty paying attention or sitting still, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and difficulty controlling emotions.
How Does ADHD in the Classroom Affect Student Performance in a Traditional Setting?
The traditional classroom setting is often not an ideal learning environment for students with ADHD. With a large group of students and a wide range of topic discussions, it can be difficult for them to stay focused. Additionally, they may struggle with following directions or completing tasks on time due to their impulsivity or difficulty controlling emotions.
In a traditional classroom setting, students with ADHD often struggle to keep up with the pace of the class. This can result in missed assignments, lower grades, and even disciplinary issues. Additionally, they may feel overwhelmed by the work presented in a traditional classroom setting due to their inability to focus on the task at hand. Research has indicated that about 30% to 40% of students with ADHD require special education services.
How Can Schools Help Students With ADHD?
One of the most effective ways to help students with ADHD is through 1-1 learning. This type of curriculum is designed around the individual student and can provide them with more focus, attention, and structure than a traditional classroom setting. At The Tenney School, for example, we have seen great success in our 1-1 learning program with our ADHD students. Our teachers are able to customize lessons for each student and adjust it as needed based on their individual progress.
Additionally, we have found that providing a supportive environment is essential in helping these students. This can include making accommodations like extra time on assignments or allowing the student to take breaks throughout class time.
The Benefits of 1–1 Learning for Students With ADHD
By providing a 1-1 learning program, students with ADHD are able to learn at their own pace and receive individualized attention from the teacher. This allows them to stay focused on any given task, as well as have more time to process the material being discussed in class. Additionally, our teachers have had great success in helping these students build confidence. Indeed, they have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback tailored specifically to their needs.
Ultimately, 1-1 learning has helped our ADHD students thrive in the classroom and reach their full potential. This type of learning can help them develop important skills like self-regulation and organization. It is an invaluable resource that can help empower these students and create a safe environment for them to learn.
Learn More About the impact of ADHD in the Classroom
We hope this information has helped you gain a better understanding of ADHD and the impact it can have on student performance. We are proud to provide our students with an environment where they can learn, grow, and reach their full potential. If you would like to learn more about The Tenney School or our 1-1 learning program, please feel free to contact us at