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Classroom Strategies Series from My Attention Coach: #3 Lighting

Posted Feb 09 2012 10:05pm
Lighting: Can it impact your students?

I believe it can help all students of all ages to consider the distraction of the bright fluorescent light. There is some research that has been done by Helen Irlen to support this. You can learn more at the website of the Irlen Institute: http://irlen.com/

When the light is too bright, it can cause distortion in written material and this can really impact students with ADHD. One of the solutions is simply to turn off the overhead fluorescent light and have some table or floor lamps. Just turning off those overhead lights can really be helpful. In my office, I do not ever turn on the fluorescent lights because I just find them very distracting to my clients -- both students and adults. 

Students may also benefit from being allowed to wear baseball caps in class to help dim the light reaching their eyes. Using colored transparency sheets over written material can also be helpful.

What do you think, could fluorescent lighting be affecting your student(s)?

Laura Rolands is an ADHD Coach, the founder of My Attention Coach , and host of Practical ADHD Strategies .  She works with students, adults and families to find effective solutions to their ADHD challenges.   
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