4.9 Homework Tips for Parents
Homework time is often very stressful in homes of children with ADHD. After a full day of school, having to work on and complete more assignments is very difficult and frustrating for the child and parents. To support your child through the homework process, consider these tips.
Creating the Work Environment
- Make sure your child has a quiet work space, preferably where it is easy for you to supervise and monitor work production.
- Provide your child the necessary homework supplies, materials, and organized work area (List 4.5).
- Limit distractions (unnecessary noise, activity, and phone calls) in your home during homework hours. Turn off the TV.
- Experiment with music softly playing while doing homework. Music may help block auditory distractions in the environment. The right music stimulates the brain and can be helpful for studying. Try various types of classical and instrumental music and other selections of your child's choice that may make studying more pleasant and increase productivity (List 7.7).
Developing a Homework Routine and Schedule
- Together with your child, establish a specific time and place for homework. In order to develop a homework habit, it is important to adhere to a homework schedule as closely and consistently as possible.
- Consider a variety of factors when scheduling for homework: extracurricular activities, medication effects at that time, mealtimes and bedtimes, other chores and responsibilities, your availability to supervise ...