ADHD accommodations help level the playing field at school, but sometimes they also work to alienate a child with ADHD from his or her peers.
Children are very attuned to social cues; they notice who gets more time on the test and who visits the Resource Room regularly. By high school, those who qualify for the Resource Room avoid it at all costs. Walking into that room or utilizing other accommodations for ADHD labels them as ‘different.’ If they use the resources and do well, they feel like they cheated or are undeserving of their high marks. These students often feel shame when discussing their accommodations.
To ensure that students continue using the resources that benefit them most, educators and parents must adopt strategies that foster acceptance by celebrating the differences we all have. It’s not just the students with ADHD, dyslexia, and ASD that have unique learning styles. The solution that benefits everyone is for schools (and workplaces) to deliver accommodations in an accepting environment.
Accommodations designed with acceptance lead to success without shame.
In this webinar, participants will learn:
- How accommodations can hinder acceptance
- Why acceptance is critical to our mental health
- The role school funding plays in accommodations and acceptance
- The importance that language plays in discussing our differences
- Strategies your school or workplace can implement to foster acceptance
- How to help bolster your child’s self-esteem
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