As we record this episode in October, keep in mind that now is a good time to review your child's classroom accommodations. If they have a learning disability, learning challenges that affect them in the classroom, or mental health difficulties that also impact their ability to access the curriculum, they may benefit from classroom accommodations.
With accommodations, expectations are the same. What a child is expected to know, learn, or do does not change. Accommodations offer support to account for challenges that students face and really help level the playing field. But when it comes to ADHD specifically, what accommodations are helpful?
Dr. Carrie Jackson is today’s guest and she has a wealth of knowledge about accommodations, how to properly use and track them, and which ones are helpful for children and adolescents with ADHD. In our conversation today, Dr. Jackson explains what accommodations are, how ADHD impacts a student’s ability to learn in a classroom environment, and how parents and educators can support their needs with accommodations.
[2:19] – There is so much to discuss when it comes to ADHD. It can be overwhelming.
[3:29] – Dr. Jackson has a parent guide on her website that is extremely helpful.
[5:07] – Girls with ADHD are more likely to be overlooked and misdiagnosed.
[6:30] – Inattention is a very internal struggle which is hard to see, but accommodations are very helpful.
[8:38] – Classroom accommodations are changes to the classroom environment in a way that will support your child with their learning style.
[9:48] – There is a misconception about accommodations being unfair.
[10:50] – Classroom accommodations also help with self-confidence.
[11:50] – When it comes to ADHD, the accommodation of having a distraction free environment is often recommended.
[13:40] – Peers can often make a difference in seating as well.
[15:40] – Wobble seats and fidget toys can be helpful but for others they are more distracting.
[17:12] – Daily report cards are a great motivational tool and accommodation.
[18:39] – ADHD changes as the child gets older.
[20:00] – An organization accommodation is particularly helpful for older students with ADHD.
[21:28] – Sometimes after an assessment, the child doesn’t want the accommodation.
[23:17] – Some accommodations will not be noticeable by peers.
[24:37] – It’s about paying attention to what is helpful to each student in accessing the curriculum. Track these over time.
[26:19] – Schools will not give these accommodations automatically.
[27:12] – Start the conversation with your child’s teacher about their diagnoses.
About Our Guest:
Carrie Jackson, PhD is a licensed child psychologist, speaker, and author working in San Diego, California. She has published over 20 articles and book chapters related to parenting, ADHD, and defiance. Dr. Carrie Jackson maintains a private practice and shares evidence-based mental health information on social media. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Carrie Jackson is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, where she teaches child therapy to Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students.
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Links and Related Resources:
- Episode 99: Straight Talk About ADHD in Girls with Dr. Stephen Henshaw
- Episode 91: Key Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD with Dr. Russell A. Barkley
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