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As many schools have transitioned to mostly or entirely online classes during the pandemic, students with ADHD have been some of the hardest hit. Because these students have trouble controlling their impulses and staying focused, a change in environment to one with less structure can make learning less effective. Among parents of children with ADHD, 31% report that online learning during the pandemic has been challenging. 

However, online learning has advantages that could make it a more productive way to learn for students with ADHD. Because students with ADHD often learn and thrive in different ways, the freedom to tailor their learning environment to their needs could be beneficial. Five key approaches are presented in this Edutopia article to optimize virtual learning for students with ADHD.

Understanding how students focus and learn best is one approach. Students with ADHD are individuals. Playing on their unique strengths can help them progress and excel in their studies. Without as much structure to their day, students with ADHD may fall behind. Focusing on timekeeping and organization can help keep them on track. Another challenge for students with ADHD is seeing the big picture. Helping to provide context and meaning to their work can help keep them motivated. 

Finally, parents and educators are encouraged to adapt practices that already work in person, like active reading techniques, to virtual learning. They are also encouraged to recognize that students with ADHD may pace themselves differently and may require more mental and physical breaks to be productive. 

While remote learning has been difficult for many students, it may better support students with ADHD to learn and thrive in their own ways [1].

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[1] Reckdahl, K. (2020, November 12). 5 Ways to Support Kids With ADHD During Remote Learning. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/5-ways-support-kids-adhd-during-remote-learning

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