A balloon filled with salt helps him stay seated. When he gets restless, rubbing the balloon in his hand relaxes him. -Belinda, California
An iPad is valuable for listening to audio books. It has helped our 13-year-old complete reading assignments. -Beth, Massachusetts
The Fly Pen digitizes handwritten notes, so they can be uploaded to the computer. Equipped with an MP3 player, the Fly Pen is both a learning tool and an entertaining toy. -Brandi, Oregon
Playing ocean wave sounds while he’s doing homework helps my second-grader retain what he reads. -Daniel, Connecticut
A zippered binder with folders inside for each subject really helps. It’s easier for my son to store paperwork this way. -J., Ontario
Using a timer while doing homework is useful. The goal is to focus for 15 minutes, followed by a five-minute break. -Lynna, New Jersey
I haven’t found a magic gadget yet. Even if there were one, my daughter would forget to use it. -Cathy, California
The iPod Touch has a homework app that my son uses to track his assignments. He also uses the gadget in different classes for videos and research. -Helen, Ontario
My daughter’s cell phone has made a huge difference in completing assignments. We stopped fighting about using her planner, and she schedules everything in the phone. Her IEP now gives her permission to use her phone at school. -Judy, Ohio
KenKen puzzles have helped my daughter excel in math. She no longer feels intimidated when having to make difficult computations in math class. Her progress has been amazing. -Holly, Kansas
This article appears in the Winter 2011 issue of ADDitude.
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