Online Learning for ADHD / ADD

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Helping children with ADHD / ADD learn

Your child with ADHD/ADD seems to be always thinking of seven things at once. Impulsivity and distractibility affect relationships with peers, teachers, and their own learning.

Teaching kids with ADHD can be an exercise in patience, understanding, and flexibility. K5 Learning's online reading and math program can be a useful tool in supporting your child's education, and we urge parents of children with special needs to take our 14 day free trial.

Research: a strong case for multi-media learning

Research has shown that computer-based programs using highly structured lessons with instantaneous feedback and reinforcement - 3 attributes of K5's lessons - have resulted in positive outcomes for students with ADHD (Land, 2000).  Multimedia learning may be particularly effective for visual and auditory learners. This is particularly important for parents who deal with inattention, distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity, among other behaviors.

K5's online lessons are personalized for your child

We recommend that students complete our free online reading and math assessments.  We use the assessment data to create a customized learning program for your child. Each child is then placed at their skill level, not their grade level.  A child may be placed at an early grade 3 level in phonics and a mid-grade 1 level in vocabulary, or vice versa.

Four ways to help children with ADHD/ADD learn

The US Department of Education recommends various strategies for teaching students with ADHD, including :


1. Provide minimal choices for children with ADHD

Too many options can be overwhelming for students who have trouble with focus. Minimize choices and distractions.  Unlike many online learning alternatives, K5 Learning provides automatic lesson selection and a simplified interface with no ads, chat, games or other distractions


2. Monitor student performance

Children with ADD/ADHD can appear to be working on a task when their mind has moved on to something different. Use gentle reminders to encourage your child to return to their work. K5 Learning's lessons have a high degree of interactivity to help keep kids focused. A helpful resource is "What ADHD Students Wish Their Teachers Knew" from the Centre fro ADHD Awareness.   


3. Help children with ADHD/ADD correct their own mistakes

Your child's impulses can result in a lot of errors, and  children with ADHD/ADD can become frustrated.  Unlike traditional paper based learning, K5 Learning's lessons provide immediate feedback.   For example, many parents have found the online learning platform builds mastery of spelling conventions that traditional methods struggled with. 


4. Reduce the noise level and take shorter steps, and use assistive technology to help children with ADHD/ADD learn

It's important to minimize distractions; however, many computer based learning programs are filled with ads, games and other choices largely unrelated to the task at hand.  K5 provides a highly visual media for math and language literacy using research-based techniques to capture and maintain focus in children.  Lesson segments are short (typically around 5 minutes) and the interfaces and instructions are very simple as the system is designed to be used by kids as young as 4-5 working independently.