Online learning tips for children with attention deficit disorder

The pandemic has accelerated the use of e-learning for students but, while it has helped them to continue the educational process, it also created some challenges. According to online research conducted in Greece by the Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the biggest difficulties are related to the lack of equipment and poor connection of students.

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Other difficulties for students mentioned in this study include the lack of live contact with classmates and teachers, the lack of digital skills of both themselves and teachers, and the difficulty of accessing asynchronous platforms. 8 out of 10 students believe that the difficulties degraded the quality of the lesson from “quite” to “too much”. At the same time, 62.6 per cent of the students felt that their problems with distance learning caused them stress or other negative emotions. One of the most interesting conclusions of the research was the small degree of monitoring and participation of students in the process. According to the majority of educators, this is happening due to the inability of students to concentrate during online lessons.

It is therefore easy to understand that for students with attention deficit disorder (ADD) the process of distance learning presents an even greater challenge for them and their families. Responding to this new need of children and parents, the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has created a video in which it describes ways to approach children, tips for them to stay focused, and what parents should avoid. You can watch the video (in Greek with English subtitles) below.

 

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