The Impact of Distance Education, Due to COVID-19 On Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Practicing Effective Inclusive Pedagogical Approaches in Greece
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In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic appeared, due to which strict health measures were announced by the World Health Organization around the world. Among these health measures were the strict adherence to hygiene, the use of a protective mask and social isolation. These measures were, immediately, implemented in schools worldwide. School, after all, is a living social system, which is included in the wider society and interacts with it. For this reason, every important social phenomenon that brings about changes in the way of life of humanity (pandemic, war, etc.), directly affects the school environment, forcing its adaptation to them. Therefore, schools in Greece implemented distance education for all the students, during the 2020-21 school year, applying inclusive distance education practices for children with special educational needs and disabilities. In Greek schools, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder belong in the category of “students with special educational needs”. Unfortunately, as proven by research, COVID-19 had a negative impact on children, diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, having affected children’s behavior to such an extent that great difficulties are observed in their adapting to the social conditions of school. Because of these results, inclusive pedagogical practices are formed in Greek public primary education to help these children adjust into the school learning environment. This theoretical study will document the above facts and will, also, present these practices.
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