Doing homework and studying with ADHD can be more manageable when your child embraces techniques that help him to keep his mind focused on the task at hand. Traditional study methods of long study streaks and sitting at desks can have your child spending more time distracted than being productive. That leaves no one happy and everyone frustrated. Here are some of our tips to make homework easier:
1. Move around
Having your child walk around while studying can help him to focus better.
2. Speak out-loud
When your child studies aloud, then her mind is more actively engaging with the material which means that it is harder for her mind to wander from what she is studying.
It is hard for students with ADHD to concentrate for long periods of time without moving around during school. “Fidget tools” can help students fiddle with something without distracting the class. Some fidget tools are stress balls made with sand filled balloons, unfilled balloons, smooth rocks, or pliable wax. Students can hold these tools at their desk and fiddle with them whenever they want to.
4. Change position
Even while remaining sitting, have your child sit in different positions. Sitting disks or exercise balls allow your child to move around while remaining sitting, but the movements are more natural and less distracting than standing up to readjust.
5. Work in increments
Studying in short bursts can help your child to be more productive at shorter time increments.
6. Change subjects frequently
Have your child move onto the next subject as soon as he becomes easily distracted with one subject. This way your child can continue to engage with the schoolwork instead of spending a majority of time being distracted.
While focusing on uninteresting topics can be torture for anyone, embracing ADHD study methods can make homework and studying easier and more enjoyable for all of us who struggle to concentrate.
If you think you or a loved one may have ADHD and would like to be tested, call your local Focus-MD office.
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