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Homework Tips for a Good School Year

For students with ADHD, homework can be a constant struggle, as children with ADHD drift off task, assignments and books get lost, or worksheets are half-finished.

You can help your child prepare and tame the homework beast, though, by creating a special, dedicated space for them to work and stocking it with the supplies they need such as pens, pencils, sticky notes, and folders. This space can be your child’s own home office to complete school work:

  • Involve your child in setting up the space to help figure out what works best for them early in the school year.

  • Make sure your child has all the necessary materials to do their homework and if possible an extra set of school books for home. Some students find it helpful to have a folder for completed homework assignments that travels back and forth to home and school.

  • Remove or minimize things that distract or cause stress, such as facing away from the doors and windows or the television.

  • Find an open and accessible room with good lighting and a desk.

  • Pick the space so that you can keep an eye on your child, but do not hover.

  • Provide a timer or a silent clock to help your child know the difference between work and break time.

Read more homework tips for a successful school year

This article appeared in ADHD Weekly on August 11, 2016.

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