Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD? If so, you likely want to do as much as possible to ensure that they are successful in school. Perhaps your child has had some behavioral incidents in school already, or they may be struggling to complete homework assignments and stay organized. These are things that other parents with children who have ADHD have also faced. The following are a few tips that you can use to help your child stay on top of their homework assignments.
Have an established location for homework to be completed.
Choose a location that has limited or no distractions. For example, televisions, toys, electronics, or even a bed can be tempting and distracting. Aim to use a room that does not contain these. If there is a TV in the room you designate for homework, turn it off. You may even want to consider unplugging it. Remove small distractions such as toys and electronics until homework is finished.
Ensure there is a designated time for homework.
Establishing a routine for your child will likely serve them better than switching things up each day. Try to have them complete homework close to the same time each day. This will get them in a habit of expecting it. Abnormal schedules can create unnecessary frustration. If they have afterschool activities, you may need to test different times for homework to determine what time works best for your child and household. Do not use punishment or threats during this experimental time frame, and inform your child's teacher of the strategy you are trying out.
Keep one set of homework supplies at home and one at school.
Your child will have many things to keep track of daily. Packing their school supplies may add to their frustrations. If you have a full set of all the items they use in class, you will always be prepared if they forget their pencil box or other materials.
Inquire about technology learning options.
If your child is having issues with bringing homework home, inquire with their teacher about accessing homework assignments from a computer. For example, the teacher could upload homework assignments or email them to you weekly. This means that if worksheets are left at school, you can still access them and print them out. This will likely save you many trips back and forth to the school and ensure assignments are not missed or turned in late.
Put homework in the correct folders and bookbag after completion.
Children with ADHD may also be prone to leave homework at home. This is why it is important to make a habit of putting completed assignments into your child's bookbag as soon as they are finished with them. Encourage them to be as independent as possible. For example, you can remind and observe them putting their own homework in the correct folders and their backpack.
An ADHD school is a good resource to use if you feel that your child is struggling with learning in a traditional school environment. They may be able to offer you additional suggestions to improve educational success and ways that their curriculum could benefit your child.