Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions found in children. The hallmark features associated with ADHD in children and adolescents are as follows:
- Difficulty initiating and sustaining attentional regulation
- Trouble with task completion
- Difficulties organizing materials and work
- Difficulty with initiation on tasks
Given the above concerns, homework completion is often found to be a difficult chore. Several of the below tips prove beneficial for improving the completion of daily work and assignments.
- Have the child start the work when he or she gets home. These children oftentimes have difficulty with transitioning between tasks and initiating action with their work. Children were in school all day and already have the mindset of doing academic work. It may prove difficult for the child to take a break and then attempt to initiate the work.
- Have a set location established for homework routines. Keep the desk or table as clear of clutter as possible. Keep the location in a quiet room away from extraneous distracters such as the television, other children and family members, and other items such as toys that may be distracting for the child.
- Have the child create a list of daily homework tasks as well as an expectation of how much time each task would take.
- Have the child stick with one subject and complete the work to fruition before moving to another task.
- Encourage the child to take short, non-stimulating breaks between tasks. Breaks should be going to get a light snack, walking around the house, etc. and not be anything that might be overly engaging such as playing videogames or watching television.
- Have consistency with expectations of homework. Make studying and homework completion daily habits.