5 Tips for Teaching Phonics to Children with ADHD

Phonics for ADHD

Teaching phonics to children with ADHD can be a challenge, but with the right strategies, it can be a rewarding experience for both the teacher and the child. Here are five tips for teaching phonics to children with ADHD:

  1. Keep it fun and engaging: Children with ADHD often struggle with focusing on tasks that don’t interest them. Use interactive and hands-on activities to make learning phonics fun and engaging.
  2. Use multi-sensory techniques: Children with ADHD often learn best through multi-sensory techniques that engage their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic senses.
  3. Break activities into smaller chunks: Children with ADHD often struggle with attention span and may find it challenging to sit through long lessons. Break lessons into smaller chunks to keep their attention and maintain their engagement.
  4. Provide structure and routine: Children with ADHD thrive on structure and routine. Set clear expectations for each lesson, and follow a consistent routine.
  5. Encourage active participation: Children with ADHD often learn better when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Encourage active participation by asking questions, involving children in discussions, and encouraging them to participate in group activities.

By using these tips, you can help children with ADHD learn phonics effectively and develop strong reading skills. With patience and consistency, children with ADHD can succeed in learning phonics and reading, and build a foundation for academic success.

Resources to support children with ADHD

Reading Readiness Set

The Learning Resources Reading Readiness Activity Set is a multisensory learning set designed for classroom literacy learning. It includes 94 pieces and is suitable for children aged 3 and up.

The set is designed to help children develop important literacy skills such as phonemic awareness, letter recognition, and beginning sound identification. The multisensory approach of the set engages children through different senses, such as sight, touch, and hearing, to enhance their learning experience.

Sight Word Swat

The Sight Words Swat Game is a set of literacy learning reading flash cards toy games and includes 400 sight words and 4 fly swatters.

The game is designed to be a fun and interactive way for children to learn sight words, and it can be played at home or in a classroom setting. The set includes a total of 400 sight words, which are divided into five levels of difficulty, making it suitable for children of varying reading levels.

Multisensory Literacy Set

The Learning Resources Literacy Manipulatives at Home Kit is a valuable resource for parents who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their children’s literacy development at home. It can be used to supplement school learning or as a standalone resource for homeschooling. The kit provides a fun and interactive way for children to learn and practice important literacy skills.

The kit includes a range of hands-on activities that help children to develop literacy skills such as phonics, spelling, and word recognition. Some of the resources included in the kit are letter and word building blocks, phonics flip books, and sight word readers.

Pebble Letters and Word Building Tray

The 3-Pebble Word-Building Tray is a set of 26 pebbles with lower case letters on them. The set also includes a 3-pebble word-building tray, which can be used to build simple words.

This set is a great way to introduce young children to the letters of the alphabet and to help them develop their reading and writing skills. The pebbles can be used in a variety of ways, such as in letter recognition games, to spell out words, or to match upper and lowercase letters.

Tactile Letters

The Learning Resources Tactile Letters are a set of 26 textured alphabet letters designed to provide a multisensory learning experience for young children. Each letter is made of durable, high-quality plastic and has a unique texture on both sides that children can touch and feel.

These tactile letters are a great tool for teaching letter recognition, letter formation, and phonics skills. Children can use their fingers to trace the letters and feel the different textures, helping them to develop tactile discrimination and fine motor skills.

Word Building Kit

The PlayShifu Educational Word Game – Plugo Letters is an interactive learning toy designed to help children aged 4-8 develop their phonics, spelling, and grammar skills. The kit includes 48 alphabet tiles that can be used to create words and sentences, as well as a companion app with nine different learning games.

The Plugo Letters app features engaging games that use augmented reality technology to bring the alphabet tiles to life. Children can use the tiles to build words and sentences, and the app provides instant feedback and encouragement as they play.

Alphabet Fishing Game

The 2 in 1 Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game Threading Toy is an educational toy designed to help children develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and early literacy and numeracy skills.

Multisensory Word Cards

The Multisensory Sight Word Cards is a set of flashcards designed to help children learn and recognise sight words. The cards use a multisensory approach to engage children through different senses, such as sight, touch, and sound, to enhance their learning experience.

The set includes 50 sight word cards, each with a different word printed in bold letters. The cards are colour-coded to help children distinguish between different levels of difficulty.

Each card includes a tactile component, such as a textured surface or a raised letter, to help children connect the word to its meaning through touch. The cards also include a QR code that can be scanned with a mobile device to hear the word pronounced aloud.

Reading Rods

The Reading Rods Prefixes and Suffixes is an educational tool designed to help children learn to read and develop their understanding of word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The set includes 88 colorful rods that can be used to build words and explore the different components that make up words.

Using the rods, children can explore word families, prefixes, and suffixes to build their vocabulary and develop their spelling skills. The rods can be snapped together to create words, and children can experiment with different word combinations to see how they fit together.

Phonics Beanbags

The Learning Resources Phonics Bean Bags is a set of bean bags designed to help children learn phonics skills. The set includes 26 bean bags, each featuring a letter of the alphabet and a corresponding picture. The pictures are carefully selected to help children associate the sound of each letter with a familiar object or animal.

They can be used in a variety of games and activities to help children develop their phonics skills. For example, children can toss the bean bags and say the name of the letter or the sound it represents when they catch it.

Multi-Sensory Reading Manual

“Toe by Toe: A Highly Structured Multi-sensory Reading Manual for Teachers and Parents” is designed for teachers and parents to help struggling readers.

The manual is highly structured and uses a multi-sensory approach to teach reading. It focuses on helping readers who struggle with phonics and decoding words by breaking down words into smaller, more manageable parts. The manual also includes exercises to help readers improve their fluency and comprehension.

The book includes step-by-step instructions, along with plenty of examples and practice exercises. It is designed to be used as a one-on-one teaching resource and can be used by parents or teachers with struggling readers of any age.

Sentence Building Cards

Sentence Building is an open-ended learning game designed for children who are learning to build sentences. The game includes a set of word cards that can be used to create simple and complex sentences.

The game is also suitable for English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners, who are learning to speak and write in English. The word cards are colour-coded to help children identify parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

Alphabet Sprinkle Pad

The Splash Pad Sprinkler features an alphabet and animal pattern, providing a fun and interactive way for kids to learn while they play.

Not only is the splash pad a fun toy for kids, it also promotes sensory development and can help with early learning. The bright colours and engaging patterns encourage kids to explore and learn, while the gentle water spray provides a soothing and calming sensory experience.

Letter Tiles

Spelling flashcards are  designed to help children improve their spelling skills by providing a visual and interactive way to learn new words and practise spelling them. These flashcards may contain various words that are commonly used in the English language and are appropriate for children aged 7-9 years.

Alphabet and Letter Sounds Set

The Alphabet & Letter Sounds Activity Set is an educational resource designed to help children learn and practice letter recognition, phonics, and early reading skills. The set includes a variety of hands-on activities, such as letter and picture matching, letter formation, and phonics games. The set includes 120 cards featuring uppercase and lowercase letters, pictures, and words, as well as an activity guide with ideas for using the cards in a variety of ways.

Alphabet Blocks

The MOBU 30PCS Foam Building Blocks set includes foam blocks with letters, numbers, and basic shapes printed on them, making them a great learning tool for young children.

The set includes 26 alphabet blocks (A-Z) and four number blocks (0-9), allowing children to learn basic letter and number recognition as well as improve their counting skills.

Brain Training Activity Book

“BRAIN TRAINING – Fun Activity Book is a paperback book aimed at children with various learning challenges such as ADHD and Autism. The book is designed to help children develop their logic, phonics, critical thinking, and academic readiness skills through fun activities.

The activities in the book are tailored to suit different learning styles and abilities, making it suitable for children of various ages and learning challenges.

Tags: ADHD, EYFS, literacy, multisensory, phonics, reading, Special Needs, spelling, tricky words, Year 1, Year 2

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