Sometimes students struggle with homework because of learning difficulties, not because they don’t want to do the work. If you suspect this, act at once. Some options include contacting the teacher, calling the special education department and requesting a neuropsychological evaluation, you the parent working with your student at home, or calling a Y3K Tutor In Your Home tutor to catch them up and move them forward.
When working on homework, some students do well with music playing in the background. Other students find music a distraction. Experiment to see if music helps or hinders your student.
A timer or clock can help students that lose track of time to pace their work and to take breaks at reasonable intervals. Some students will work for 10 minutes and lose track of time thinking they have worked much longer, and expect a break. Also some students will plan on a short break and lose track of time. A 5-minute break becomes a 30-minute break! This is the same psychology used by casinos to get people to gamble. Casinos hope the gamblers will lose track of time by not having any clocks on the walls. Use the timer to plan out how long they should work before taking a break, how long their break will be, and how long until the next break. Keep this process going until all homework is completed.
Organize homework supplies and have them in an easy to access location. A shelf, box or cabinet works well.
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Students with impulsivity issues often focus on movement and tend to not pay attention to their learning. School desks and chairs can be modified to accommodate students with ADHD impulsivity issues. Resistance bands around the legs of the desk or the legs of their chair allow the student to kick and get their energy out. They use their muscles to push against the bands allowing them to satisfy their need for stimulation and maintaining focus in class.
An inflatable balance disc is another item that is great for students with ADD/ADHD. The balance disc is placed on top of their regular chair. Due to the instability of the balance disc, it forces the core muscles to be used to maintain proper posture. This in turn leads to increased focus when learning.
Sitting on an ergonomic stool is another way of actively sitting using the core muscles. Being active in this manner stimulates more of the brain-body connection. This can lead to more focus in the classroom.
An exercise ball that would usually be found in a gym is a great substitute for the traditional school chair. Sitting on this giant ball requires the student to sit in the proper posture to stay balanced. This forces them to use their core muscles. When students are using their energy to actively sit, they tend be more attentive and focused.