Help your ADHD Child Focus on Completing Homework

Help your ADHD Child Focus on Completing Homework

Help your ADHD Child Focus on Completing Homework

It’s hard enough to get your child started on homework.  Keeping him or her working is just as challenging.  Here are a few tips to help your child stay focused on completing homework.

Don’t Rush- Your child has spent the day in school and probably will not want to jump straight into homework the minute he gets off the bus.This would be a good time to have a healthy snack, burn off extra energy with a few minutes of quick exercise, or just take a few minutes to relax. But do establish a routine that you stick to throughout the week. For example, “Homework begins at 4pm.”

Break Time into Segments- Time management and the concept of time are difficult for ADHD diagnosed students to understand. When your child sees he has to complete a math assignment with 30 problems he may think to himself, “There’s no way I’ll be able to finish all those problems! I don’t even know where to begin!” Try setting a time limit or goal. Suggest doing 3 problems and then taking a 5 minute break. Or use a timer and challenge your student to see how many problems he can do in 10 minutes before taking a short break.

Listen to Music- While working, let your student listen to some music. Songs that they like with a recognizable beat are best. Music has rhythm and rhythm provides structure, helping the ADHD brain stay on a linear path. Kirsten Hutchison, a music therapist at Music Works Northwest, a nonprofit community music school near Seattle says, “Music exists in time, with a clear beginning, middle, and end; that structure helps an ADHD child plan, initiate, and react.”

Free download: if you have a younger child, you may find our fun GoalPad helpful for planning homework.

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  • Vyvy Phan says:

    One of the exercises that I do with my ADHD clients to incorporate mindfulness in is to have them take a 1-minute breathing break. I would have them sit and breathe as I watch the time so that they can calm down and slow their minds down as well. Then I would ask them how it felt during that time (long, short, etc.) that way I can tie in how time is elastic and how it’s helpful to take a minute to breathe to reduce feelings of frustration, anxiety, overwhelmed, impulsivity, racing thoughts, and inattention. It typically allows them to think more clearly and takes away the pressure of time moving too quickly or too many tasks to complete in a limited amount of time.


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