Sensory Classroom Interventions

This research update highlights two recent studies evaluating the drawbacks and benefits of sensory classroom interventions (specifically, fidget spinners and wiggle seats) utilizing reversal crossover-withdrawal designs. Do children with ADHD do better if they can use fidget spinners in school? The first study’s goal was to examine if the use of fidget spinners by children…

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Compassionate, Trauma-Responsive Schools

The Heart of Learning RESEARCHERS NOW KNOW that exposure to extreme stress can affect several functions children rely on to succeed in school. It can, for example, affect their ability to concentrate, to retrieve information, to remain focused on their goals, and to control and regulate their emotions and related behavior. In fact, it can…

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Helping Students with ADHD in the Classroom (Webinar Guest: Sydney Zentall, PhD )

SYDNEY S. ZENTALL, PhD, is professor emerita of educational studies at Purdue University. Her background includes teaching children in both general and special education, and educating teachers for more than three decades. Dr. Zentall has also been the recipient of grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from the Office of Special Education,…

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From My Classroom to Yours: Supporting ADHD with Mindfulness Techniques

IT’S JUST ABOUT 2:30 PM and my second-grade students are eager to end our busy day with a closing meditation. This afternoon activity has become a habit and one of our favorite parts of our daily routine. For the past several years, I have included yoga and mindfulness practices in my second-grade classroom. Practicing mindfulness…

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Project-Based Learning

DURING HER PRESENTATION at CHADD’s 2016 annual conference, Susan Kologi, PhD, spoke of the potential advantages of project-based learning (PBL) over more traditional teaching methods when working with students with ADHD. Kologi, the academic director of Novitas Academy in Emmett, Idaho, successfully integrated PBL into the school day and saw firsthand how her students with…

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