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 hyperactive 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 expectations 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-toweek
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!