By: Mia Ingui
Sitting down to focus and complete your homework is no easy task, but add having ADHD, and doing homework can become a near impossible task. Children with attention deficit hyperac- tive disorder, or ADHD, should have special care when it comes to completing their homework in order to keep them focused and productive. Here are some tips to help keep your child with ADHD on track with their homework.
1. Start off strong: At the beginning of the school year, meet with your child’s teacher (or teachers) to find out what the expec- tations are regarding homework. Try to work out a system where they can let you know in advance what homework will be assigned either on a week-to-week basis or for the whole year. This will help to stay organized!
2. Break time!: The National Education Association and the
Parent Teacher Association recommend 10 minutes of homework
per subject per day, and so breaking up the time your child spends doing homework will aid in keeping their attention on their goal.
3. A set time and place: It’s best to have a scheduled time for homework and a quiet place for your child to do it. A space where your child can regularly do their homework will help them to actually sit down and do it.
4. Don’t forget!: A big problem for kids with ADHD is that even when they complete their homework, they might forget to turn it in to the teacher. A good tactic to prevent this is to have a separate folder for homework for your child. Remind him or her to check the folder at school for each class to be sure that they turned in all the work!