Online ADHD Course Helps Educators Easily Develop New Strategies for Classroom Success

PETERBOROUGH, N.H., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD continues to grow, making it vitally important that educators are prepared to best serve those children and their classmates in the classroom. Staff Development for Educators (SDE)'s online course on Teaching Students with ADHD carefully outlines practical ways to help children with ADHD control their behavior and succeed in school, and arms educators with the tools needed to make that a reality.

The course explores the amazing impact making simple adaptations in classroom space, structure, rules, and expectation can have on children with ADHD. Through numerous, vivid lessons, educators will hear from the real experts: the children themselves, parents, and teachers.

Lessons are also devoted to exploring the myths and facts about ADHD, and how the condition can affect motivation, activity level, attention, and memory. Filled with immediately-applicable strategies, educators will complete the course confident that they have the skills and knowledge needed to help students with ADHD compensate for their problems and achieve their full potential.

The course is led by veteran educator Ellen Arnold, who has spent most of her professional career helping learners unlock their potential as a teacher and special educator.  Arnold has been a reading specialist at the primary level, a social studies and reading teacher at the middle school level, and a special educator at the high school level. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education and a master's degree in special education—credentials that prepared her to see each student for his or her greatest strengths. Arnold has taught hundreds of students and teachers the secrets to creating highly effective classrooms.

Designed for new and veteran teachers alike, lessons in the course center on reasoning for the behaviors associated with ADHD, how ADHD impacts certain skills, how to diagnose ADHD, activation issues, impacts on emotion, and  incorporating learning strategies for ADHD while still addressing other students' classroom needs. Tips for creating specific materials to prepare for the effective inclusion of students with ADHD, as well as full coverage of teaching tools to use during daily lessons to keep students with ADHD stay engaged and on task, are also included.

Teaching Students with ADHD is also beneficial to parents of children with ADHD.  Techniques for adapting classroom strategies for home, such as ways to help children with ADHD be successful with homework, are highlighted in two separate lessons.

Staff Development for Educators is America's leading provider of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. SDE believes that educators have the most important job in the world. That's Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.

Teaching Students with ADHD is offered each month and runs for six weeks. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. Educators will have access to all lessons until the course ends. Upcoming sessions begin on March 19th, April 16th, and May 21st. To find out more information about this course or other online courses offered by SDE, visit www.sde.com/onlinelearning.

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