Children need different teaching approaches
I was assigned with a 6 year old boy who was diagnosed with ADHD
He came to my cabin with a gloomy face. He was a very quiet child, however was having attention seeking behaviour as I observed. I approached him with a sweet greeting but he did not exhibit the acceptance which I expected. I tried to engage the child with the usual activities, but he was least cooperative for the same. His assigned session time was 45 minutes and he continued his reluctance throughout the session. However, he had self talk throughout the sessions which again made me a little confused regarding the goals to be taken.
The little chap’s avoidance continued for several sessions. I tried different methods to elicit response from him. All my hard work was like a strike in the water. The child’s mother and I got highly frustrated and tensed regarding his response. Even I told his mother to try different methods possible in home to enhance his response. She tried different methods which ranged from positive reinforcement to punishment. Nothing made the difference. The mother approached me with the helpless face.
That was the most surprised and the happiest day in my life. The child which I thought would never change has altered his mind for the first time in my sessions. I changed the overall setup within my cabin. I removed all the chairs and even materials from my cabin except the lexical matching box (the box which consists of different lexical pictures). He entered the cabin, and now only the child, his mother, myself and the lexical box were there. I asked the child to match the lexical using the cards. I placed the lexical on the floor and he did matching in a bending posture by altering his comfort zone. He remained in the same posture for 45 minutes. This approach made the difference. He did matching and completed the whole box. He was reinforced for his response. He had changed a lot after that session. He became more cooperative and elicited appropriate responses and is continuing the same.
Note: Every child is different. Observe, examine, explore and choose the right path for your child.