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What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in Preschool

By Amanda Morin

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Your child’s preschool teacher may suspect ADHD if your child’s social abilities, reactions and activity level aren’t typical. Some of the symptoms may also occur with developmental delays, sensory processing issues and oppositional defiant disorder.

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What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in Preschool

Preschoolers with ADHD may need a lot of supervision. They can be very active and may experience emotions intensely. Here’s what your child’s teacher may be seeing.

Needs Constant Supervision
What the teacher sees:
• Your child gets into materials he’s not supposed to be using.
• Your child jumps off the top of the playground equipment.

The issue: Kids with ADHD have trouble controlling impulses and act without thinking.

Lacks Physical Boundaries
What the teacher sees:
• Your child knocks things off shelves and bumps into things.
• Your child sits too close to other kids and invades their personal space.
• Your child slides out of his chair and rolls on the floor.

The issue: Kids with ADHD can have difficulty controlling movement.

Has Frequent Meltdowns
What the teacher sees:
• Your child gets very upset over unimportant things.
• Your child yells and screams when another child doesn’t agree with him.
• Your child doesn’t say he’s sorry when he hurts someone’s feelings.

The issue: Kids with ADHD can have trouble regulating their emotions and reacting appropriately to others’ feelings.

Never Stops Moving
What the teacher sees:
• Your child can’t sit still for more than a few minutes for calendar or story time.
• Your child runs in circles on the playground instead of playing with other kids.
• Your child asks a question but doesn’t wait for the answer before asking again.

The issue: Kids with ADHD are often in constant motion, both physically and mentally.
Graphic of What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in Preschool
Graphic of What Teachers See: How ADHD Impacts Learning in Preschool

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. Nov 27, 2013 Nov 27, 2013

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