Parent-Tested ADD-Friendly Strategies for Helping Kids Do Their Homework

Help your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder child finish her school assignments -- and learn how to work independently -- by following these readers’ best tips.

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Fun, games, and quality time work just fine for this ADHD dad and his daughters. Robbie Hammer

ADDitude asked: How do you make sure your attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) student does her homework? And you delivered these five guidelines.

Devise ADD-Friendly Homework Rituals

"Learn your child’s rhythms -- when he needs to relax, when he needs to work. We have a structured homework time, and work for short periods. Always check your child’s work -- he is more interested in getting it done than getting it right." -Kathy Zimovan, South Carolina

"I let my son sit on an exercise ball. Being able to move about while doing homework helps kids with ADHD concentrate better. I don’t have to nag him to do his homework, and he does not complain about needing to get up and move around." -Diane Spriggs, Virginia

"I offer my daughter a piece of carrot or cucumber every 10 minutes or so. She loves the treats, and they motivate her to keep working." -Eve, New York

"I issue lots of warnings. An hour before my son is supposed to start his homework, I say, 'Time to adjust your brain for homework!' I issue the same warning a half-hour before. I found that it really helps smooth the transition." -Kimberly Forness Wilson, North Dakota

Know your child’s learning style? Help your ADD/ADHD student achieve school success by focusing on study methods that play to his visual, auditory, or tactile ways of learning.

This article appears in the Spring 2010 issue of ADDitude.

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