Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often have short attention spans which makes it hard for them to stay still in a traditional classrooms. I’ve had many parents tell me about how they keep receiving phone calls from teachers who complained that their child isn’t paying attention in class and being disruptive.
Having taught many students with ADHD, I have discovered some techniques that work well with these kids.
A great way to incorporate a perennially effective method would be through the use of games. By simply turning questions in an assessment book into a game-like format (as shown in the picture below), I managed to motivate one of my students into completing three times as many questions as before. Having him mindlessly going through assessment books won’t help as his interest wasn’t sustained.
One-to-one sessions usually help because attention is given to them and the teacher or tutor is able to modify the task at hand to sustain the interest of the child. When I sense that my student is switching off, I often tend to change what we are doing in order to ensure that he or she remains interested in the activity.
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For students with dyslexia, learning Chinese can be a struggle. There are several areas one can have difficulty with and they are namely:
Having the wrong association of words
Having poor retention of learning
Having a poor understanding of radical positions
Getting confused with visually similar words
Adding or omitting strokes in Chinese characters
Inverting words or parts of a Chinese character
Strategies in Supporting Learners
Using multi-sensory methods of teaching have proven to work well with dyslexic students. Writing on sand or moulding Chinese characters in clay can help a student retain the information better.
In addition, to help with word recognition, explaining how words are formed using Semantic Radical Cards the Dyslexia Association of Singapore has developed can also help.
Finally, getting students to form pictorial associations with individual Chinese characters also help retain the shape of each word better. Below are 2 examples of how this can be used:
Of course, there are many more ways one can help a student with dyslexia learn Chinese more efficiently and effectively. The methods mentioned above are but a fraction of a multitude of ways a trained Chinese tutor in helping students with dyslexia can help.
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