Thank you for electing to read our second installment to our series, “Math Aids for Students with ADHD”. Last week, in Part 1 of this series, you learned that students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder suffer from a neurological behavior disorder that results in inappropriate degrees of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Differences within the Central Nervous System that are structural and neurochemical in nature cause ADHD. Kids that are diagnosed with this condition experience academic difficulties when it comes to math. This is due, in part, to the multiple brain functions and processes that are required to execute math problems. Last week, you learned that the two top math aids are a strong support system and the use of math manipulatives. This week, you will learn about two other types of math aids that are sure to help an ADHD achieve success in this challenging subject.

The Hands-On Real Life Approach
One of the most productive math aids for kids that suffer from ADHD is utilizing the hands-on real life approach to solving problems. There are numerous ways to demonstrate mathematical concepts with real-life examples and motivating types of situations. For example, you may use a pizza to bring fractions to life, measuring cups to teach liquid measurements, and even candy pieces to educate on division. Additionally, your ADHD child should be provided with the opportunity to use math in real-life situations. Examples include using money when purchasing items, determining the mileage on trips taken in the family car, and balancing a checkbook. Not only does the hands-on, real life approach bring math to life for the ADHD child, but, it also allows them to use their excess energy to learn.

Math Coaching and/or Tutoring
The fourth and final math aid that is absolutely amazing for students that suffer from ADHD is math coaching and/or tutoring. By having a designated individual or a specific software program that educates kids on mathematical concepts, the child will engage with the subject in a more diverse and dynamic manner. Additionally, the five standard math processes will be enforced. These include the following:

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  1. Problem-Solving
  2. Reasoning & Proof
  3. Communication
  4. Connections
  5. Representation

Conclusion
Kids that have ADHD experience numerous learning complications. When it comes to academics, math is the most challenging subject. In our 2 part series, “Math Aids for Students with ADHD”, you have learned why many kids have these issues and you have been introduced to four different math aids that will aid in the child’s ability to comprehend mathematical concepts. You should know and understand that most ADHD kids have strengths that will aid in their comprehension in math. These include a high level of spatial awareness, detailed logical thinking and reasoning skills, and visualization. ADHD kids are also hands-on, visual learners that benefit from manipulatives, physical patterns, graphing activities, and real-life strategies. When working with a child that has ADHD in math, be sure to opt for strategies that do not require the use of textbooks and/or worksheets. For more information on how to help a kid with ADHD in math, click HERE.