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
- 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.
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.