Teaching Social Skills Through Cooperative Learning

Social Skills Drawing

Section 1.7, ADHD and Social Skill Interventions, addressed the social challenges and difficulties with interpersonal relationships that are common among children teens with ADHD. It was explained that some children have social skill deficits in which they have not learned how to perform a specific social skill. However, typically children with ADHD do not have a skill deficit, but a performance deficit. Due to their problems with inhibition and self-control, they know what they are supposed to...

Skill Deficits Versus Performance Deficits

Social skills problems can result from a skill deficit, in which the child does not know what to do in a social situation and needs to learn the skills to become socially competent. Social challenges can also have nothing to do with a lack of skills. According to a leading authority, Dr. Russell Barkley, children with ADHD typically do not have a skill deficit, but rather a performance deficit. They know what they are supposed to do and the appropriate social skills, but fail to apply or...

School Based Assessment for ADHD

Some school districts are very proactive and involved in helping to identify, diagnose, and provide effective interventions for students with ADHD. These school districts generally have specified procedures and a process for school-based screening evaluation of students for ADHD. The following steps or variations are typical in such school-based ADHD screening assessment (Rief, 2003). Most school-based screening evaluation for ADHD begins with the student support team (SST) process, with...

Self Monitoring Attention and Listening Levels Self Regulatory Techniques

It is very helpful for students with ADHD to employ self-monitoring strategies to become more aware of their behaviors. As was mentioned in Section 2.3, one such strategy is having the student(s) do seatwork while playing a cassette tape that has been pre-recorded with intermittent beeps, a ring of a bell, or other auditory signal. Children are trained to record on an index card or monitoring form whether or not they were on-task paying attention whenever they hear the auditory signal. Students...

The Advantages of Cooperative Learning for Students with ADHD

The crux of differentiated instruction (see Section 3.1) requires teachers to employ methods and strategies that enable all students, with their diverse learning abilities and differences, to be able to master the curriculum and content performance standards. This is achieved through instruction, assessment, and learning activities that are meaningful and engaging. Cooperative learning is one of the best means of doing so, with decades of research that validates its efficacy. All teachers...