Teaching Children with ADHD Sight Words: Reading Strategy


Teaching children to read can be fun and hard at the same time. Children with ADHD sometimes have a hard time focusing. They wiggle, squirm, and must be redirected several times. Does this sound like your child with ADHD? Fortunately, there are simple ADHD reading strategies to help.

Learning sight words can appear boring to some kids. The key is to make it fun and exciting. Many kids with ADHD need an external motivator, such as a reward. I recently came across a sight word game called Roll a Sight Word from I Can Teach My Child. On her website, you can find the top 100 sight words and the printable worksheets you will need for the Roll a Sight Word Game. You will also need dice.


To customize this game better for kids with ADHD (although the game is pretty good on its own), giving a reward each time a child knows a sight word will help tremendously. The object of this particular sight word game is to memorize and to practice writing sight words needed for reading. When a dice is rolled, a child must find a sight word that is made up of how many numbers the dice rolled.

If the number 5 is rolled, the child must find a sight word with 5 letters. If the child can correctly say the sight word, this is when you should offer a reward. Each time my son was able to find and say a sight word out loud, I gave him a treat. Some people might give stickers, candy, etc. My mother gave me M&Ms that day, so I did give him one  M&M for each word (and no, we didn’t go over ALL the words). I limited the amount of words so he wouldn’t eat too much sugar, especially food dyes. :)

My son also didn’t fight writing down the sight words because he was able to suck on an M&M while writing. The key factor is to reward a child with ADHD as he answers correctly or in increments. What are some rewards you can think of to use for this sight word reading strategy?

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