Lots of kids with ADD have trouble getting their homework done. Here are a few tips to help you turn things around. Obviously it’s best to get a routine going at a young age. Even if your child doesn’t have homework yet, you might use this as reading or writing or workbook time. The time you put in now to smooth things out will become time you save in the future.
- Watch your child study/read without interrupting him or her. Watch what helps focus your children and what distracts them. See how long they can study without interruption. When interrupted, what interrupts them? Take notes. Every child is different.
- Create a studying plan with a bit of input from your children. This plan would include homework hours, homework location, setting up the study area so that there are minimal distractions (including moving furniture or purchasing things like storage cubbies or bookends), and planned (and timed) study breaks.
- Monitor the success of your plan. See what is working and what isn’t. Notice whether the conditions work some days and not others, and what factors might be involved to prevent success on a given day. Emotional distress as well as physical distress and illness can all negatively affect concentration.
I always tell parents that it doesn’t matter where or how kids get their studying done, as long as it gets done.
Of course, if your child’s issues are more extreme, you may need to take a class or get some professional help.
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