Effective Interventions for ADHD Students in Spanish Immersion in the Primary Grades


Fall 12-12-2014



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jeremy Engebretson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Katie Nagel


The research question addresed in this project was, which interventions are most effective in supporting a student with ADHD? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle with students with ADHD in the classroom of the Spanish Immersion program. The capstone details various effective interventions found in the literature review, as well interventions used by classroom teachers. The key influence for this capstone was a kindergarten student who demonstrated ADHD characteristics and the interest of his kindergarten teacher to put together a variety of effective interventions that worked well with him and make them available for other teachers to support students with similar behavioral characteristics. The method was the qualitative method of a case study, interviews and observations. The effective interventions found are: case manager, social thinking group, reward system with beads, special things just for him, proximity, visuals, hands on activities, clear directions, flexibility, medication and communication with parents.


At-risk Students, Classroom Management, Reflective Practice, Spanish Immersion

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