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Brain Bite: Engaging Students with ADHD

The CDC estimates that about 6.1 million children, or just under 10%, in the United States between the ages of 2 and 17 have an ADHD diagnosis. It’s one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, often characterized by difficulty starting and completing tasks, restlessness when not engaged in an activity, rushed and messy work, and trouble following multistep directions. 
This course will provide you with tips and strategies to keep your students engaged.
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All learners will receive a certificate for 1 professional development hour upon completion of a Brain Bite unit.

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Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union

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Ralph C. Mahar Regional School
Course Overview

All students are impacted by remote learning.

All students are impacted by adjustments in the way they learn, be it remote, hybrid, blended, or in-person masked learning. In the last few years, we have seen students with ADHD have particularly difficult adjustments when transitioning to different learning methods, since adjusting to a new environment, a new source of distractions, and an alternate structure can be very challenging. 

In this Brain Bite, we will review the science behind ADHD, deep-diving into what happens in the brain so you can better understand the basis behind the behaviors you see in the classroom. We will discuss general strategies for engaging students with ADHD, and some specific strategies to be used in a classroom and remote environment, that you can implement with your students immediately. 
Course Objectives
Participants will:
  1. Explain how ADHD can be affect the brain
  2. List 3 strategies that you can use to engage students in the classroom
  3. Describe 3 ways you can help students stay engaged at home
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Course Structure

All Brain Power Academy Online Professional Development Courses consist of a blend of learning elements to engage you and empower you to implement new strategies and techniques with your students. 

Lessons consist of:
  • Engaging videos
  • Reading materials
  • Lesson assessments
  • Practice activities to apply strategies and techniques
  • Opportunities for reflection
  • Printable takeaways
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Experienced educators and neuroscientists.

The Brain Power Team is composed of neuroscientists, educators, and mental health experts who are dedicated to creating the best PD to empower you in the classroom. We specialize in translating the latest neuroscience research into easy, ready-to-use techniques and exercises that assist teaching and learning in this new distanced-learning environment.

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When does the course take place?

All of our PowerPD units are self-guided so you can explore at your own pace! Once you enroll in a unit, you will have lifetime access through your Brain Power Academy account.
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To navigate through a unit, click on the lesson from the unit's landing page, or click on “Continue Learning” to be redirected into the course player. By doing this, you will always continue straight from the last learning activity you have visited.
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How do I complete the course?

In order to complete a course, learners must complete all learning activities within the online professional development course (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 

What kind of content can I expect to see in this course?

Access multimodal content including voiceover slide presentations, articles, videos, and other supplementary resources within all of the PowerPD lessons!

Can I receive professional development credit for this course?

All of Brain Power Academy's online professional development courses are eligible for 1 Professional Development Hour/Professional Development Point (PDP). Learners must complete all learning activities within a unit (including all videos, articles, reflection activities, assignments, and quizzes) in order to be awarded a certificate of completion. 
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