Homework help and Strategies for ADHD Children

Successful homework help and strategies for ADHD children harness on recognizing and understanding how ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder affects their neurological state of affairs. Children who have ADHD are capable of success in their own rights when they are taught to manage the impact the disorder can have on their lives. Successful homework help and strategies will aid children with ADHD in managing themselves in the long run.

Children with ADHD suffer neurological malfunctions when they are bombarded with too much stimuli either through the intake of certain foods, having exciting and out of the norm activities, or as simple as forgetting to take the medication that helps calm their brain activities. These situations cause the hastening of neurological impulses in the brains, resulting in these children moving at a pace they cannot control at times although they may be remotely aware, usually after a few long seconds, of what is happening to them.

When too much stimuli reach their brains through nerves impulses originating from the sensory organs, children with ADHD respond in one or more of certain manners. They can be overcome with attention deficit and find it difficult to focus on the important tasks on hand and divert their attention elsewhere. They become full of hyperactive energy that others see as annoying because they do not see the fast-moving ideas within the ADHD child’s mind, but see only the tornado whirling distractedly around the room. Finally, because of the idea rushes, they are seen to be impulsive, touching things they are distracted with and disturbing others without realizing that they are a nuisance to others.

The best way to help children with ADHD cope with their homework successfully, therefore, is to build routines and stick to them whatever comes along. It also helps to get the children to be aware of their disorder and the implications on their lives. Focus on self-control, self-discipline and awareness of consequences in making daily choices. By helping them in these three aspects, children with ADHD will learn, as any other children, to manage themselves and what they do, better in time to come. 

* Have a calm and quiet study area.

A quiet study area is a conducive environment to children with ADHD because noise adds extra input that the neurons in the head have to process. A quiet study area ensures that the brain is thus more able to focus on the relevant content which is related to the homework. If there are more than one child, they could either do their homework in different corners of the same room to aid supervision, or have their homework done at different times of the day. It is important that the same study area is used daily to aid in building a routine.

* Have a fixed daily routine.

Where possible, have the same routine regardless of the time they reach home. They could have a shower, a meal such as lunch, tea, snack time, dinner or supper, then work on their homework. Working on a filled stomach reduces the likelihood of a break in between to look for and feed on unhealthy snacks. Repeated routines help the brain settle down quickly as they form familiar neurological paths.

* Have defined breaks.

Breaks must be defined clearly to children with ADHD to let them know the consequences of unfinished work. Likewise, let them know that work done quickly and well will be rewarded. Because of their tendency to have their attention diverted elsewhere or be impulsive in their thought processes, they tend to not do as well as they are often capable of.

* Use focus strategies.

Assign the start and end time for each assignment. Write it on the assignment paper itself. Put the same clock next to the children. Know their maximum duration of concentration. Teach them focus strategies such as closing their eyes, taking a deep breath, counting to ten as they exhale and rubbing one thumb with the other with their hands clasped, then jumping back to their work.

* Keep a progress or success chart.

Children with ADHD who are not taught that they can be successful in their own rights tend to suffer from a lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem. Having a progress or success chart will help them. A progress chart showing their accomplishments work reminds them of what they can achieve if they learn to stay on task.

* Take the correct dose at the right timing.

Because of the complex neurological make up children with ADHD are endowed with, they may be given prescribed medication to slow down their brain activities. Ensure that they take the correct dosage at the required time. Do not play the doctor and change the administration of the dosage. Always consult the doctor and psychologist if there are undesirable changes when taking a new prescription in kind or dosage.

* Self-control, self-discipline, consequences.

Whether children have ADHD or other learning disorders, the best way to go is training them to have self-control, be self-disciplined and recognize that every decision they make have desirable or undesirable consequences.

Allow children with ADHD to know of their neurological condition and feel accepted by their parents, teachers and friends. Let them go the natural way and link decisions they make to the consequences that result from their decisions. As children with ADHD are often endowed with a higher than average intelligence, they will soon realize their need for better self-management skills and be determined to improve by leaps and bounds or face the music for incomplete homework.