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Suggested Strategies to Address Learning Weaknesses of Students with Spina Bifida, Hyperactivity/Impulsivity -- SHNIC Educators Information

Teachers and parents of students with spina bifida may think that because these students have physical disabilities, it is not possible for them to be hyperactive. Although the physical disability may make it harder to recognize, students with spina bifida often do exhibit signs of hyperactivity, such as being restless or fidgety.

Impulsivity often goes hand in hand with hyperactivity and inattention. Students who are impulsive often do not stop and think before acting and they do things carelessly. The following strategies have proven helpful for students who are hyperactive or impulsive. Again, if consistent use of these strategies does not help the student to improve in regards to his hyperactivity or impulsivity, discuss with your school's team whether the student may need to be referred to a doctor for evaluation.

  • Encourage student to exercise to reduce tension.
  • Teach the student strategies such as "count to 10" or "stop and think" before acting.
  • Keep periods of independent work short.
  • If possible, provide opportunities for movement between class periods.
  • Move around the classroom a lot so that you are always near the student.
  • Immediately redirect the student when off-task.
  • Provide a structured environment and schedule.

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