If there are assignments, readings, and due dates involved, it can be difficult for a child with ADHD to focus on school work.If you introduce methods for learning at school and at home, you can help a child with attention deficit disorder complete their homework.When the homework gets done, you should focus on staying positive and supportive of the child with ADHD so you both feel a sense of accomplishment.
Step 1: The child should have plenty of time to write the assignment down.
If you give the child enough time to write their homework assignments in their notebook, you can support them.The day’s assignments should be posted on the board and read aloud to the class by the teacher.Giving the child enough time to write down their homework assignments will ensure they are able to process the information and bring their assignments home to work on.If the child has attention deficits that make it difficult for them to copy down homework in their notebook, you may want the teacher to give them a typed assignment sheet to take home.
Step 2: They should be put in a folder for assignments.
Setting up a folder for completed assignments can help the child stay on track at school.The child can put their homework assignments in this folder.It can be the place where they finish their assignments.Children with attention deficit disorder do well with physical reminders.A sheet for a parent to sign if the child forgets to hand back their assignments can be included with the homework in the bag.It is important for the child’s parent to know that the homework is in the school bag.
Step 3: The child should have two sets of books.
It is more difficult for children with attention deficit disorder to complete their homework if they forget to bring their school books home.You can arrange for your child to have two sets of school books, one for school and one at home, to make sure this doesn’t happen.You can arrange for the books to be kept at school by asking the child’s teacher.
Step 4: The child should be with a study buddy.
You can talk to the child’s teacher about partnering them with another child in the class, or a “study buddy.” This will allow the students to check each others’ assignments and make sure they both get the right information for the homework.The study buddy system can help the child bring home the books they need for the assignment.It can keep the child organized.The child can join a homework club where they spend time with other students and a tutor after school to get their work done.If the child’s medication is still working after school and you want to keep them motivated to do their schoolwork, this can be useful.
Step 5: There is an Individualized Education Program for the child.
If the child is getting overwhelmed with their school assignments, you can set up an Individualized Education Program for them.If you want to arrange for an Individualized Education Program at your school, talk to your teacher.If you work with the child’s teacher, you can modify the Individualized Education Program to make it work better.If the teacher assigns only the odd-numbered math problems for the child or five homework questions instead of ten, that’s an example.The child can still learn and get their work done without being stressed.If you talk to the child’s teacher, you can spread out the assignments so they are not due at the same time.A schedule of assignments that fit the child’s abilities and time management skills can be created.The child can still get their work done even if they feel less overwhelmed.
Step 6: Obtain copies of the child’s assignments.
If you have a copy of the child’s assignments, you can help them do their homework at home.You can have the child’s teacher email their assignments to you or make sure the assignment is in the take home folder.You can read the child’s assignments before you get your own copy.You can help the child with the assignment by breaking it into manageable chunks.
Step 7: Establish a time for homework.
There are constant routines and consistent scheduling for children with attention deficit disorder.When it’s time to focus on school, set a homework time for the child at home.The child gets into a routine if the homework time is the same every day.If your child stays in school mode at the end of the day, you may want to set the homework time for right after school.If you give the child a break after school, you can prepare them for their homework ten to fifteen minutes ahead of time.Some children do well with warnings a few minutes before homework time, such as reminders to get their brain turned to homework or have their mind set on homework mode.
Step 8: A homework spot can be created.
The child will be more motivated to do their homework if they have their own place in the house.They might have a desk in their room that is their homework spot.They can do homework in either the living room or the kitchen.Keep the child’s homework spot stocked with school supplies, an extra set of school books, and folders.They should have a reading lamp and lots of writing utensils.Make sure the homework spot is free from distraction.A room where other family members are constantly passing may not be the best spot.
Step 9: Make a schedule for homework.
Establish a schedule for homework so the child stays on track.There should be short breaks in the schedule so the child has time to recuperate.You can post the schedule on a board for the child to see so they can stay focused on their homework.You can block out the child’s homework in 20 minute chunks, followed by short breaks.You may take a five minute break after 20 minutes of math homework.The next 20 minutes may be spent on social studies homework.If you put a timer in front of the child, they will stay motivated.You can allow them to take a five minute break after the timer goes off.
Step 10: The child needs help with their homework.
You should help the child with their homework on their own, but you should stay close by and help if needed.You can answer any questions they have about the assignment or review it with them to make sure the child knows what’s expected.Encourage the child to come up with their own answer before you help them.You don’t want to allow them to lean on you too much.If you notice that the child has not finished their work, don’t try to force them to keep going.The child can still get some work done if they speak to their teacher about assigning less work.
Step 11: Establish a reward system.
Setting up a system of rewards for hard work can be positive for the child.Cut up fruit is a good way to encourage your child to stay on track.Once they have finished their homework, you may allow them to do a fun activity.Praise can be used as a reward.The child can be encouraged to stay focused and positive by simply saying “great job!”If the child gets good grades on their homework, you should give them a reward.You can give them an item they really want as a reward for doing well, or you can take them on a fun outing.
Step 12: The child needs to be organized for school.
It is possible to keep the child motivated and positive about school by making sure they are organized.To make sure they have everything in their bag, pack their backpack the night before.Make sure they put their homework in their bag so it is ready for their teacher.The homework will be in the right hands if this is done.