One of the single biggest sources of conflict between an ADHD kid, parent, and teacher is homework. Forgotten assignments, frustration, short attention span, lack of organization, tantrums, crying, oppositional behavior – sound familiar? It might be tempting to throw up your hands and give in but that approach won’t benefit your child.
- Keep track of assignments. Many teachers now post daily assignments online so that both parents and children have the convenience of double checking what’s due from home . If your child’s teacher doesn’t post homework assignments online, ask the teacher what system he uses to make sure that his students have their assignments written down.
- Make sure that there is an organized work area in your home where your child completes his assignments each day. It should be the same location and if possible used for no other purpose.
- Structure your child’s time. Set a designated time for homework and schedule breaks at regular intervals.
- Music is a wonderful tool to use during homework time. Research has proven that it boosts brain power and stimulates the areas of the brain used when your child is reading, doing math problems, and experiencing emotions. It’s calming and helps with focus. It’s no coincidence that you listen to piped-in music while at the dentist or at the doctor’s office – it’s soothing and reduces anxiety.