by Becca Adelberg, LPC

No one likes doing homework, regardless of their age. ADHD can make it even more frustrating!

The good news is that with the right strategies and support, parents can play a crucial role in helping their children with ADHD excel in school work. Through practical tips and techniques, caregivers can assist their kids in completing their homework in a way that makes more sense to them.

Before focusing on strategies, it’s essential to have a basic understanding of ADHD and how it affects your child. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that we mainly see affecting our child’s ability to focus, control impulses, and regulate their energy levels. Regarding homework, ADHD often means struggling with organization, time management, and sustaining attention on tasks. This can become overstimulating and cause your child to become anxious or shut down. Through a few tweaks to the routine, homework can become a much more manageable task.

1. Don’t do homework first.

First and foremost, your child needs a break after the long school day. Having any kid come home from school and immediately start homework will not always yield the best results. Allow your child to decompress, have a snack, and take a break before getting into their work.

2. Establish a routine.

Structure and routine are vital for children with ADHD. Create a homework schedule that aligns with your child. Set aside a specific time each day for homework, and keep it consistent. Try keeping it in the same place, free of distraction.

3. Break tasks into manageable chunks.

Divide homework assignments into smaller, more manageable tasks. Encourage your child to focus on one task at a time, allowing them to complete each part before moving on to the next. Use a whiteboard or piece of paper to visually write out the order in which things are to be completed.

4. Minimize distractions.

Limit distractions during homework time. Some items may be helpful, such as fidget toys or low-fi/classical music. First, determine what easily distracts your child and what helps. If they can handle music, add it! If they need complete silence, consider getting them noise-canceling headphones. Make those minor adjustments to help them in the long run.

5. Encourage regular breaks.

It may be hard for your child to sustain their attention for extended periods. Allow short, frequent breaks during homework time to recharge their focus.

6. Be patient and understanding.

ADHD can be frustrating for both parents and children. Understand that your child’s challenges are real, and it may take time for them to develop effective strategies. Be patient, empathetic, and always willing to adapt and try new approaches.

Helping a child with ADHD succeed in homework requires patience and consistency. Remember that each child is unique, so don’t be afraid to tailor these tips to best suit your child’s specific needs! Together, you can navigate the challenges of ADHD and pave the way for less painful homework time.

Becca works with kids, adolescents, and parents. To learn more about Becca, visit her profile here. Ready to get started? Fill out our booking form here and we will match you with the right therapist for your child or family.

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