Behavior Interventions for Students with ADHD

Julia Barnes


Kella, a third grade student, enters her class in the morning. Immediately, she sees a few of her classmates and wants to tell them about her new shoes. She drops her coat and backpack at the door, forgetting to follow the morning routine, and rushes over to talk to them. She's acting so excited that her classmates ignore her. Kella's teacher then reminds her that her stuff is still on the floor and that she needs to do her morning routine. She quickly stuffs her cubby and gets ready for the day. During instruction, Kella gets up to sharpen her pencils and starts talking out about how they always break. Her teacher tells her to sit down and that it's not the right time to sharpen pencils. Kella is energetic and loves coming to school, but it is hard for her to focus because she struggles to control her energy and attention. This is because Kella is a student who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Symptoms of ADHD include "... a variety of difficulties in school settings, including problems with behavior control, academic achievement, and peer relationships" (DuPaul & Weyandt, 2006, pg. 161). Traits such as self-management and attention are often a struggle for people with ADHD. These traits affect multiple areas of functioning.

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