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14 School Gadgets You Wish You Had Last Year

You can’t do it alone. Get help with the morning routine, homework struggle, clutter battle, and more thanks to these brilliant gadgets designed for kids with ADHD or LD.

Philips Wake-Up Light with iPod Dock is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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1. Philips Wake-Up Light with iPod Dock

The endless days of summer can disrupt your child’s sleep schedule. Come September, rising and shining before 7 am can feel downright impossible. The Philips wake-up light promotes the easy transition back to a school-year sleep schedule by lighting up gradually to simulate an energizing sunrise. Your child can choose to break her slumber with natural wake-up sounds — like birds in the forest — or to attach her iPod and get up with her favorite songs each day.

$49.99 - $139.99 — BUY NOW

Rocketbook Wave is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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2. Rocketbook Wave

The Rocketbook looks like a run-of-the-mill notebook, but it’s hiding a big secret — it sends everything your child writes to the cloud, as he’s writing it! This innovative tool provides a natural writing experience for kids who prefer to take notes by hand, but would love to access and organize their notes digitally. Plus, when your child takes notes with the included Pilot FriXion pen, he can actually erase the whole notebook and start again. Just pop it in the microwave and watch the writing disappear — for up to five full uses!

$29.97 — BUY NOW

Livescribe 3 Smartpen is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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3. Livescribe 3 Smartpen

The Livescribe 3 smartpen helps easily distracted students take more complete and accurate class notes. As your child writes, the pen records audio of the teacher’s lecture or instructions; later, if your child finds he missed something, he can tap his notes and replay portions of the audio. The Livescribe 3 works with iOS or Android devices — with the help of a free app — so your child can access and search his handwritten notes on his smartphone or tablet. The app can even organize, tag, and share notes, making collaboration and organizatin easier than ever.

$149.99 — BUY NOW

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The HumanCharger is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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4. HumanCharger

“ADHD fatigue” is real — just ask your child after a long and difficult school day. When a student’s brain starts to shut down, the HumanCharger claims to provide a quick boost of natural, sustained energy to restart it. This innovative device shines a bright light into a child’s ears, which is received by photosensitive areas of the brain — boosting mood and increasing mental energy. It sounds strange, we know. But the brain reacts strongly to different levels of light — that’s part of the reason winter depression is so common. Researchers are split on the efficacy of the HumanCharger; some peer-reviewed studies of the product have found that its transcanial light boosted performance in athletes or reduced symptoms of jet lag, while others found that the brain's circadian rhythm was unaffected by the device. Citing the positive studies, the company claims that using the HumanCharger for just 12 minutes a day can increase alertness and ward off fatigue — so if the hype is accurate, you just might want to borrow it from time to time.

$219 — BUY NOW

HowdaHUG Chair is a great school tool for children with ADHD
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5. HowdaHUG Chair

Challenging sensory needs and unrelenting energy can make reading for long periods of time an exercise in fidgeting and futility for kids with ADHD. The HowdaHUG chair provides the sensory support a reading child needs by gently squeezing his whole body while he works, making it less likely he’ll squirm in or leave his seat. Parent advocate Penny Williams says it was a lifesaver for her wiggly son with ADHD. “Once we got the HowdaHug,” she said, “he sat in it to do his reading and received all the sensory input he needed to focus on his book… we found it to be nearly miraculous.”

$75.99 - $88.51 — BUY NOW

Kindle Fire with Immersion Reading is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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6. Kindle Fire with Immersion Reading

Does your child struggle to maintain focus or visually track while reading? Simultaneous audio input can be invaluable for children with ADHD and learning disabilities who don’t read linearly or easily, and now the Kindle Fire makes it easier to achieve. The Fire comes with Immersion Reading capabilities, which narrate out loud and highlight the text as your child goes. Immersion Reading will boost your child’s visual tracking skills, retention, and engagement in what she’s reading. Immersion Reading is available on the Android Kindle app, too.

$49.99 - $79.99 — BUY NOW

Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones are a great school tool for children with ADHD
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7. Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Distractibility is a hallmark symptom of ADHD, and it can make even the simplest homework assignment feel like torture. Block out extraneous noise with Bose noise-cancelling headphones — they use a technology called “active noise control” to block out outside sounds, without breaking your child’s eardrums in the process. Many models of Bose headphones are wireless, and are compatible with iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, and Windows smartphones.

$249 - $349 — BUY NOW

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The Incase Nylon backpack is a great product for children with ADHD
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8. Incase Nylon Backpack

A well-designed backpack can actually inspire better organization to begin the school year. The lightweight Incase nylon backpack has a pocket for everything — papers, a laptop, chargers, and your kid’s phone. As added bonuses, it also comes with padded shoulder straps and a breathable mesh back panel — keeping your child cool throughout the day and relieving back strain.

$99.95 - $189.95 — BUY NOW

The Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is a great school tool for children with ADHD
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9. Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

If your child prefers to type her essays sitting on the floor — or hanging off the bed — this lightweight universal keyboard will keep the words flowing. It uses Bluetooth technology to connect to most devices, including Macs, PCs, iPads, and Android tablets. Your child can switch between her devices seamlessly, meaning she can get her work done whichever way works best for her — a lifesaver for nontraditional learners.

$19.99 - $29.99 — BUY NOW

The VTech Kidizoom Watch DX Toy is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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10. VTech Kidizoom Watch DX Toy

Smartwatches are popular for good reason — they can help track activity levels, manage busy schedules, and even take pictures. Instead of investing in a pricey Apple Watch, try this cheaper (and more durable) option, which encourages children to stay active with fun motion-based challenges. Plus, it comes loaded with math games to boost your child's brain, as well as fun photo-editing features to flex her creative muscles.

$43.99 - $89.99 — BUY NOW

Roost Laptop Stand is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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11. Roost Laptop Stand

These days, teenagers (with or without ADHD) spend hours each day glued to their laptops. Teens with ADHD, however, are especially prone to hyperfocus — often on video games — making it more likely they’ll feel the aftereffects of the “laptop hunch.” The Roost Laptop Stand elevates your child’s computer to a more comfortable height, improving her posture and making it more likely she’ll complete her work (or the next level) in total comfort.

$74.95 — BUY NOW

The Olympus Dictaphone is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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12. Olympus Dictaphone

A dictaphone is a simple tool with endless uses for children with ADHD or learning disabilities. Children who struggle to organize their thoughts while writing can dictate them instead, while those who lose concentration during lectures can record them to review later. Olympus dictaphones come in several sizes and recording capabilities, allowing your child to pick the one that best suits his dictation needs.

$44.99 - $299.99 — BUY NOW

The Pencil Grip 3-Step Training Kit is a great school tool for children with ADHD
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13. The Pencil Grip 3-Step Training Kit

A child with dysgraphia doesn’t naturally hold her pencil the correct way, which can cause hand strain and make writing painful — in more ways than one. If your child is starting the school year with a poor pencil grip, use this three-step system to slowly train her hand to write the correct way. The first step, called The Crossover Grip, uses a special “super hero cape” shape to reinforce proper positioning — without hurting your child’s fingers. As she graduates to the third step, she’ll be on her way to the traditional “tripod” grip and to a more comfortable, legible writing style.

$9.18 — BUY NOW

The Dreampanion Portable Soothing Night Light is is a great school gadget for children with ADHD
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14. Dreampanion Portable Soothing Night Light

Shaped like a friendly giraffe, the Dreampanion is specially designed to emit a soft, soothing light and promote a relaxing bedtime environment for younger kids who don’t fall asleep easily. The light is helpful for kids with ADHD who dislike sleeping in total darkness, yet it’s dim enough not to impede dreamland. It comes with a wireless charger, and is easy for elementary-age children to use — your child can leave it on his nightstand, or bring it into bed for cuddling all night long!

$19.89 — BUY NOW

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