In this section we turn to a range of case studies. The intention of this section is to present examples of the many different ways in which AD/HD manifests itself in the classroom situation. This is important because, as the teacher who works with a student with AD/HD will discover, the core symptoms of AD/HD are often only part of a constellation of difficulties that the student presents. The examples that are offered in this section will not cover all of the possible combinations of problems presented by students with AD/HD. The examples do, however, reflect something of the variety of combinations, and indicate practical ways of dealing with them in the school setting. These cases are all based on first-hand experience of working with students with AD/HD in a school setting. All of the students dealt with here attended the same specialist day school which catered for fifty-two boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18.
The school is an independent school for students who fall in the average to above average range in terms of cognitive ability, but who have learning difficulties such as dyslexia and AD/HD. The maximum class size is 12 students, and individualised teaching is provided. A strong emphasis is placed on helping students to develop the skills of self-directed learning. The school operates a dual curriculum, enabling students to work towards either GCSE examinations or the US High School Diploma.