Attention Deficit Disorders
Limited attention span, hyperactivity and impulsivity are common behaviours of those with “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD) or “attention deficit disorder” (ADD).
A general lack of awareness of the condition often means many students with ADHD or ADD progress through their education undiagnosed and with their individual learning styles and needs poorly met. These issues and behaviours are compounded by poorly differentiated teaching methods which frequently lead to a lack of motivation, drop-out or exclusion and certainly unfulfilled potential. Since ADHD and ADD often occur alongside other common learning and/or behavioural difficulties, what is often perceived as bad behaviour may actually be the result of differences in the brain which need to be accommodated to enable learning – and achievement.
This one-day workshop explains the common symptoms of ADD and ADHD and explores routes and options for formal diagnosis before providing guidance on how teachers and trainers can adjust their teaching or workplace mentoring to meet some of the most common needs. It also covers tried and tested strategies for rage and anger behaviour - which are not just restricted to those with these conditions.
This workshop is designed for teachers, trainers and learning support personnel who work with, or may in the future work with, students who:-
- appear unfocused or unable to concentrate
- cannot get started with their work
- may want to wander around the classroom
- interrupt and speak constantly
- cannot settle on an activity for very long
- may also have other diagnosed or undiagnosed learning disabilities
- will probably have underachieved in previous academic environments
The workshop is for all teachers, trainers and learning support teams and is also suitable for those involved in lesson planning, student behaviour management and/or improving the quality of learning including observation of teaching, training and learning. It also has high relevance for admissions tutors who need to understand the impact of the lack of diagnosis and/or concessions which have led to severe prior underachievement.
'Passionate speaker, informative & useful with practical strategies.'
Class Teacher, Springfield House School
'Very useful — I liked the fact it involved lots of discussion.'
Education Coordinator, The Parks Trust
Aims and Objectives
This one-day workshop provides advice and guidance on
- The common factors and behaviours that may indicate ADHD and ADD
- The difficulties students experience
- Formal Identification and Diagnosis Options
- Strategies for teaching, training or working with those with ADD and ADHD
The workshop is broken down into 5 distinct but related sections:1. The AD/H/D Spectrum:
- Prevalence rates
- Inclusion principles
- Where does ADHD end and ADD begin and what are the differences?
2. What are the features of the diagnoses and what does that mean in reality?
- How to get a diagnosis
- Social skills issues
- Behaviour and attainment
- Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder
- Mood disorders
4. Strategies that work in and out of the class or training room or workplace:
- For concentration
- For behaviour
- For increased academic and vocational achievement
- Controlling impulsivity
- Problem solving
- Why it is great to have an AD/H/D person in the group
- The rumbling stage – heading off the rage before it begins
- Rage – what to do if it erupts into full blown rage
- The recovery stage – and what to do to regain composure and closure
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
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Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities