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Tips for Children with ADHD

father and son looking at son's homework in the livingroomIt’s commonly known that no child enjoys doing homework, but for kids with ADHD, homework becomes even more challenging and can quickly feel like a daunting task.

An assignment that may take an hour for others could take anywhere from 2-4 hours for children with ADHD. It becomes difficult to keep up with homework without becoming distracted, stressed or anxious.

When it comes to doing homework, there are so many things going on that can be difficult for a child with ADHD, such as remembering the material taught in class, bringing the right books, and remembering when a project is due.

Homework doesn’t have to ruin your child’s day. By following a few simple tips and strategies, you can ensure that your child is prepared to take on homework in a way that works for them.

Create a Homework-Only Space

Whether it’s a space in their room, in the kitchen, or in a home office, having a secluded space for your child to complete their homework will help them finish on time.

young boy distracted by his smartphone while doing homeworkChildren with ADHD get easily distracted by their surroundings, which causes them to lose focus on the task at hand.

This space should be free of distractions such as TVs, toys, and any siblings.

Be sure to have all the tools and materials needed to complete their homework within reach, including textbooks, calculators and pens or pencils.

Ensuring that your child is in a great environment to do school work free of distractions is more necessary than you think. Give it a try the next time they have homework!

Incorporate Breaks

Children, whether with ADHD or not, require several breaks in between studying.young girl having a snack in the kitchen

If your child struggles to focus, having short breaks for talking walks or having a snack will let their minds refresh and reset. In addition, any built-up energy from staying in place will be released, allowing for a more productive work period afterward.

Depending on the workload, you can divide the breaks into sections based on the subjects. It’s important to not add too many breaks, as frequent pauses when it’s not needed will disrupt learning rather than improve it.

Study how long your child can work through material without losing focus. Some children are able to work for 30 minutes in one go while others get distracted after about 15 minutes.

Get Organized

To keep your child from falling behind or missing assignments, create checklists and schedules that detail what work is due and when.

Organization may seem like a boring and unnecessary task, but it can be made more fun and efficient by using colorful folders, stickers, and labels. You could also try keeping their backpacks tidy by removing unneeded items, as unorganized bags will pull children’s attention and make them want to explore what’s in their bag.

Hanging a bulletin board detailing upcoming tasks and assignments will allow you and your child to stay on top of things since it serves as a constant reminder.

ADHD Assessment Experts at Waystone Psychology

Have you noticed your child losing concentration or focus easily when completing their homework?

Getting easily distracted and fidgeting are signs your child may have ADHD. The challenges your child faces when doing their homework can be eliminated with proper study skills and habits.

Our professional psychologists collaborate with kids to determine what areas they need help in by using a series of evaluations that test their strengths and weaknesses. Then, they’ll work together with you and your child to come up with helpful strategies, all while providing the support they need.

Reach out to us to learn more about studying techniques for ADHD and book your appointment today.