n Educare - Aid to the teacher to identify the learner with ADHD in the classroom : a literature study

Volume 31, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-8829



Inclusive education is becoming a reality in South Africa with the result that teachers who are not trained to teach learners with special needs have to face a new challenge. They are not only challenged by greater numbers in their classes but also with learners with different barriers to learning, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The educators are in need of knowledge about specific problems learners with ADHD experience, and aid to the educators to cope with various problems in the classroom becomes very important.

Three types of behaviour are manifested by ADHD learners, namely inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. This article provides educators with examples of possible behaviour of learners with ADHD in the classroom to assist them in identifying these learners. Identification is the first step in aiding the learner with ADHD as knowledge of the learner with ADHD and the problems experienced by them may contribute to a more positive attitude on the teachers' side.

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