Reply To: My 2nd grader doesn’t finish books he’s reading.

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Devon Frye
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This reply was originally posted by user Lv2_Learn in ADDitude’s now-retired community.

It sounds like he doesn’t have a problem reading for school assignments or remembering what’s needed for homework…but if that becomes the case there are good tips here: https://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/4026.html. There are some tips in there that could also maybe help you with ideas for what you are looking to help him with.

Sometimes multi-tasking can actually help with focus for an ADHD child — for example, listening to music while reading. Some good tips here: https://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/3967.html

You can also try:
-Chewing gum
-Walking around
-Holding onto or squeezing a stress ball
-Sitting in a swivel chair or a rocking chair and moving back and forth
-Sitting on a yoga ball or balancing ball and bouncing

While you probably don’t need to worry about it when it comes to his leisure reading (like others have said, as long as he’s reading that’s what counts), it could be worth experimenting for his school reading.