How can you help students who struggle with procrastination? Initiating a task involves the ability to begin projects without undue procrastination, in an efficient or timely fashion. For instance, a young child with strong executive function can start an assignment immediately after instructions are given. Self-starting high school students won’t put off their least favorite homework assignment until the end of the evening.
Starting a task is hard for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) because their brains are usually stuck in the present, on the right now. They prefer to focus on the most interesting thing in their immediate environment. That’s usually not classwork, homework, or chores.
This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of ADDitude. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to ensure you don't miss a single issue.