Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD) Facts

Definition

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (without hyperactivity) is characterized by students demonstrating a consistent frequent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that is more severe compared to the rest of the student population.

Students may have difficulty in one or more of the following areas:

  • Distractibility
  • Organization & Planning (lack of)
  • Listening
  • Sedentary tasks (such as reading)
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Completing tasks

Accommodations

Possible accommodations assigned by the TMCC DRC (TMCC Faculty will receive a service letter from the DRC delineating the appropriate accommodations for a particular student):

  • Note taker or tape recorder
  • Extended time for tests
  • Quiet environment for taking tests
  • Advanced notice of major assignments
  • Tutoring referral
  • Preferential seating (reduce distractions)
  • Assistive technology (text to voice)
  • Reduced course load
  • Alternate testing format
  • Laptop (in class for note taking)

Faculty Suggestions

  • If tests need to be converted into an alternative format, e.g., electronic format, please submit tests to the DRC office one week prior to the scheduled exam date.
  • Provide a syllabus with clear course expectations, assignment due dates and test dates. To avoid confusion, have an oral discussion about the syllabus with the class.
  • If possible, provide advanced copies of handouts, notes, or PowerPoint slides in class or online.
  • Provide lecture materials in multiple modalities, including visual, oral and written to promote accessibility to course content.
  • Allow frequent opportunities for student feedback when providing structure and organization in the classroom.
  • If possible, be willing to briefly meet with the students before or after class to clear any possible confusion in regards to class discussion, assignments or tests.