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With the rising prevalence of ADD and ADHD, as well as other sensory processing and learning complications, it’s natural for educators to be concerned about students’ well-being.
As technology becomes more readily available both inside and outside the classroom, as a teaching tool and as a recreational one, it’s natural to worry about those students for whom concentration and retention aren’t a strong suit.
Many educators and parents are worried about how best to help their children succeed in the classroom. And with its many distractions, is technology more of a help or a hindrance?
There’s no easy answer, but the data points to technology as a help in the classroom for students with ADD, ADHD, and sensory processing problems. That is if used correctly. This article outlines the best ways to utilize both personal tech, and what’s available in class, to help vulnerable students reach their full potential.
ADHD Symptoms That Affect Students’ Performance
ADHD can have a devastating impact in the classroom, to even the brightest and most motivated student. Executive function troubles, such as compulsive procrastination and lack of personal care, are just the beginning. ADD and ADHD can also impact concentration, time management, and memory. That makes it difficult for a student to remember meetings, keep organized study notes, and retain information.
ADD and ADHD students also tend to experience test anxiety at a higher rate, making them more susceptible to poor academic performance, regardless of their study habits. Technology can help students who struggle with these symptoms do better in school, as well as handle the stress of college life better.
The Risks of Technology
The impact of video gaming, social media and smartphones can be negative, to any student who needs to focus and be productive. Especially with regards to individuals with ADD/ADHD it seems they are more vulnerable to addictive

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