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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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4.10 Homework Tips for Teachers

Homework time is often a nightmare in homes of children with ADHD. There are many ways teachers can be supportive and build a good relationship between home and school in the process. Keep in mind how much longer it typically takes for a student with ADHD to do the work. What takes your other students about fifteen to twenty minutes to complete often takes three to four times that long for those with ADHD, even with parental supervision and direct assistance. The following are adjustments that a teacher can make to help students with ADHD succeed:

  • Be responsive to parents who are reporting great frustration surrounding homework. Be willing to make adjustments so that students with ADHD spend a reasonable amount of time doing their homework. For example, shorten the assignment or reduce the amount of writing required.
  • Many students with ADHD who receive medication during the school day to help them focus and stay on task are often not receiving medication benefits after school or in the evening hours. It is an unreasonable expectation that parents be able to get their child to produce at home what you were not able to get the child to produce all day at school.
  • Many teachers have a practice of sending home unfinished classwork. Avoid this if possible. Of course, some in-class assignments will need to be completed at home, but try to find alternatives for your students with ADHD when possible. Provide the necessary modifications and supports so that ...

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