Dealing with Impulsivity

Posted on April 11, 2006. Filed under: Attention/ADD/ADHD |

There are several occasions when children are impulsive and the impulsive behaviors should be dealt with according to the situation.

For students who plunge into an assignment before receiving instructions or without reading directions, the following ideas may be helpful:

*  Before giving instructions for a project or handing a paper assignment, prepare the student to listen carefully and to repeat back what is supposed to be done.  Then give the OK to begin.

*  Have the student maintain a record (chart, graph, or checklist) of reading directions prior to starting an assignment.

*  Give directions in a variety of ways, paraphrasing as necessary to be sure the student understands the directions.

*  Rewrite directions at a lower level or deliver verbal directions step-by-step in a more basic way.

*  Set up a cuing system to signal when to begin a task.  Cue at the end of work time also.

*  Provide student with a schedule or list of tasks to be done.

*  Tell the student(s) that directions will be given only once.  It may be helpful to start by giving the direction and repeating once, then working toward once-only directions.

*  Deliver instructions before providing materials.

For other ideas on impulsivity and attention, you may want to check out the ADD Intervention Manual in the special needs section of the catalog.  This is an extremely easy-to-use, recipe list formatted teacher resource that every classroom teacher and homeschool parent of a child with attentional issues should have!! 

Also, check back to this idea section for more tips.  They change often, and more gets added every day!

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