1. Seat the ADD student in the front of the row, away from the door to minimize distractions.
2. Surround the ADD student with good role models.
3. Make the ADD student comfortable asking for help, and praise and reinforce non-ADD students for helping the ADD student.
4. “Acting out” often occurs at lunchtime because of the over stimulation of the cafeteria. Providing a quiet lunch place will decrease lunchtime problems.
5. ADD students often return from lunch or recess “wound up.” Do a calming down exercise before starting the class lesson.
6. Have clear and simple rules, and consistently enforce them.
7. Communicate often with the parents about the positive and negative behaviors of the child.
8. Be aware of the best and worst times of attention. If the child is on medication, your feedback may help facilitate necessary adjustments in medication.
9. One of the highest causes of inattention is food additives, such as artificial coloring and preservatives. Minimize giving children unhealthy processed food during the school day.
10. Soft music often has a positive impact on ADD, therefore, play soft music at some transitional times.