The HomeworkCoach Blog for Parents of ADHD Students

Know Whether to Challenge or Calm your ADHD Child

Know Whether to Challenge or Calm your ADHD Child

Your ADHD child is resisting getting started on homework, as usual. You’ve learned that yelling and nagging won’t work. So what should you do? This blog post suggests a starting point: determining whether your student is overstressed or bored.
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“My child is not keeping up with her peers in school.  What should I do?”

“My child is not keeping up with her peers in school. What should I do?”

It creeps up on you: the uncomfortable realization that your son or daughter is not doing well in school. Soon after, you reach the point where you know you need to intervene. Where to start? In this blog post educational consultant Amy Eisner leads you through the steps you should take to seek help for your struggling child. (Amy is also one of our best Connecticut tutors.)
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Tips for Helping your ADHD Child Study for Tests

Tips for Helping your ADHD Child Study for Tests

Studying for tests, especially mid-terms or finals, can be stressful for anyone.  When a student is diagnosed with ADHD, it can be even more difficult to focus and stay attentive under all the pressure of taking several big tests. Here are some tips for helping your ADHD-diagnosed child study for tests.
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Learn the Special Ed Jargon

Learn the Special Ed Jargon

Once a parent realizes their child may have special needs and seeks support through their school system, they will soon be engulfed by a tidal wave of Special Ed jargon and acronyms.  It’s not that the counselors and school officials are trying to intimidate or confuse you (well, sometimes it is!) but these are simply terms that will come up again and again as you navigate the system to obtain the right services for your child.  Let us help you with the alphabet soup. 
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Note-Taking Tips for the ADHD Student

Note-Taking Tips for the ADHD Student

Students diagnosed with ADHD often struggle with note-taking.  ADHD-related inattentiveness makes it hard for them to stay focused during a lecture and when they must split their attention between listening and writing, they may be unable to keep up with writing the key points as they listen.  Here are six proven strategies to make note-taking easier and improve academic performance.
ADHD and “Locus of Control”

ADHD and “Locus of Control”

A guest post by Angela Wright, one of our homework coaches. Angela is completing her Master’s degree in School Counseling at Capella University.

Many times children diagnosed with ADHD will tell their parents “It’s not my fault I failed the test.  It was just too hard” or “I didn’t do well on that assignment because my teacher doesn’t like me”. Believe it or not, this seeming tendency to refuse to accept responsibility is actually a function of ADHD. Behavior-altering conditions such as ADHD often cause children to feel that they have no control over life circumstances and they therefore tend to blame everything and everyone but themselves for both their failures and their successes. This orientation towards blaming outside circumstances is called an external locus of control. A study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that children diagnosed with ADHD had significantly higher external locus of control than non-ADHD diagnosed children. However, there are ways to help your ADHD diagnosed child to feel more in control of his or her abilities and to change their locus of control.

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When your ADHD child lies

When your ADHD child lies

All children lie occasionally. But some ADHD-diagnosed kids lie a lot! Researcher Russell Barkley and his associates found that up to 50% of ADHD children lie compared to 5% of their non-ADHD peers. Lying can become a great source of difficulty and frustration for those who work with or are raising ADHD-diagnosed kids. In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons why your child lies and how you can address the issue.
Back to School Checklist for the ADHD Student

Back to School Checklist for the ADHD Student

It’s back-to-school time again! Here are five essential tips for getting the new school year off to a good start.

1.   Get to know your child’s teachers. Introduce yourself to your child’s teachers, explain a bit about your child’s strengths and challenges, and encourage communication. A teacher who knows that you’re an involved parent is more likely to let you know if something is going on with your child. 
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Summer Activities for Your ADHD-diagnosed Student

Summer Activities for Your ADHD-diagnosed Student


Summer is here and although your ADHD-diagnosed student doesn’t have a school schedule, it’s still important to maintain a daily summer schedule. ADHD students respond well to a daily routine and there are plenty of fun yet constructive activities you can work into your student’s summer schedule, which will keep up their skills and help with the back-to-school transition in the fall.

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Help your ADHD Child Conquer Test Anxiety

Help your ADHD Child Conquer Test Anxiety

All students occasionally show test anxiety, but research suggests that children with ADHD and other learning disabilities are especially likely to experience anxiety before and during test taking. These students may have cognitive difficulties that interfere with test-taking abilities, negative self-concept as a result of poor academic performance in the past, and lack of study skills needed to feel adequately prepared for tests.

Here are seven strategies to help your ADHD-diagnosed student reduce test-taking anxiety:

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Ensuring Your ADHD Child Receives Accommodations at School

Ensuring Your ADHD Child Receives Accommodations at School

The day you learn your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or a learning disability is the day you become an advocate for your child to ensure he or she has the best school experience possible. But it can be difficult if you aren’t certain about what your options are or who can offer assistance. The following is a brief guide to laws and resources for ensuring your child receives the accommodations that he needs at school.

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Helping your ADHD Student with Reading Comprehension

Helping your ADHD Student with Reading Comprehension

Many ADHD-diagnosed students have a difficult time with reading comprehension. Reasons may include being easily distracted — especially if they are not interested in the topic — and poor working memory; that is, if they are reading a challenging text, by the time they get to the end of the second paragraph, they may have already lost track of what the author started out saying. Here are six ADHD reading comprehension tips to help your child to better understand and retain what they read.
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