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What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in High School

By Amanda Morin

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As work becomes more rigorous and teachers expect students to become more independent, ADHD symptoms may show up in different ways in high school. The following signs are typical of ADHD, but some of them may also occur with executive functioning issues and dyscalculia.

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What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in High School

High school isn’t just about academics. It’s also about learning to be self-sufficient and self-aware. Here are examples of ADHD symptoms your teen’s teacher may notice.

Keeps Showing Up Late
What the teacher sees:
• Your child has trouble getting to school on time.
• Your child misses the rst few minutes of class after lunch period.
• Your child is on probation with his sports team for being late to practice.

The issue:
Kids with ADHD can have trouble keeping track of time.

Challenges Authority
What the teacher sees:
• Your child corrects teachers during lectures.
• Your child gets into trouble for not following the rules in class.
• Your child is “fired” from his community service project for being rude.

The issue:
Kids with ADHD often speak without taking into account who they’re speaking to.

Is Unreliable
What the teacher sees:
• Your child forgets to come in after school for a tutoring session or to make up a test.
• Your child misses assignments or hands in incomplete work.
• Your child doesn’t do his share in a group project and leaves fellow students in a pinch.

The issue:
Kids with ADHD can have trouble getting organized and following through.

Doesn’t Seem to Listen
What the teacher sees:
• Your child appears not to be interested in what classmates are saying.
• Your child loses the point of what’s being discussed in class.
• Your child doesn’t participate in large group discussions.

The issue:
Kids with ADHD often have trouble listening and following conversations
Graphic of What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in High School
Graphic of What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in High School

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About the Author

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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Bob Cunningham, M.A., Ed.M. Dec 04, 2013 Dec 04, 2013

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