Homework and the child with ADHD


1. You don’t have to be a teacher to help your ADHD child with homework.

2. Set up a homework and study area for your child. It must be:

  • Quiet; however, some children need “background noise” to be able to concentrate e.g. music
  • Comfortable
  • Well lit
  • Properly supplied i.e. with desk, paper, pencils, pens etc. Some children need to move around when studying
  • Without distractions nearby such as a telephone or television.

3. Schedule daily homework times, which should not be negotiable.

  • Choose the right amount of time
  • Avoid conflict
  • Be on hand if possible.

4. DO NOT do the homework for your child.

  • “Set the stage” and remind him/her when it is time to work
  • Don’t try to teach
  • Answer questions when you can
  • Encourage him/her to think about what is being studied
  • Point out resources such as: dictionary, atlas, tutor, teacher etc.
  • Encourage him/her to solve problems on his/her own before asking for help.

5. Motivate your child.

  • Encourage
  • Praise
  • Reward.

6. Help with Study Skills. Help your child to:

  • Organise assignments e.g. using an assignment time-table on a calendar
  • Schedule time in a daily or weekly planner
  • Follow directions by reading aloud or breaking them into steps
  • Make summaries – using headings, key points, numbering points, mind-maps etc.
  • Plan projects
  • Study for tests – reread notes, revise summaries, share summaries with classmates, practise test questions etc.

7. Show that learning matters: your example carries a strong message.

  • Help your child connect ideas from the classroom with daily life
  • Read up on subjects i.e. extra reading
  • Talk about current events
  • Talk about the books your child is reading.

8. Team up with teachers. Meet regularly.

  • Know what is expected e.g. with projects, how much time should be spent on homework assignments
  • Discuss any homework problems.


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