Homework Help For Attention Deficit Disorder Adolescents

Attention deficit disorder adolescents need all of the help they can get, especially with homework. Homework requires concentration, discipline and the ability to complete what you've begun. These are characteristics sadly lacking in attention deficit disorder adolescents. Even though you might be tempted to do your child's homework yourself, in the long run that won't help your kid or you (imagine if you got an F? DO you really need that stress?) Here are some tips from the Attention Deficit Disorder Association.


If your attention deficit disorder adolescent keeps to a routine, including doing things in a precise order, this will help him or her get their homework done, as well as learn real life skills. They should always write down what the homework assignment is as soon as it is given, and list what materials they need. Homework should be done at the same time every day. Medication should also be taken at the same time every day.

Have a list of phone numbers of reliable friends of the attention deficit disorder adolescent who can help clarify any points about the homework assignment. These calls should be timed. Have an egg timer there to remind the adolescent that the reason of the call is not for gossip, but for homework. If your school allows it, then see if you can have a list of the teacher's phone numbers so they can help clarify the assignment.

Aim For Improvement

Remember that getting any task done is very hard for an attention deficit disorder adolescent. They not only have to try and control racing thoughts, but physical sensations to keep moving or twitching. Any improvement in homework skills should be praised. Perfection is not a realistic goal, although it can happen, but only with practice and keeping to a homework routine.

Don't Hover

Hovering over any adolescent's shoulder, constantly checking to see if they are doing their assignments or goofing off wears on the nerves of any kid. This can actually be one more distraction that they don't need. Get a routine where your child shows you the homework assignment when they or you get home, the assignment itself when it is done and the grade when it comes back.

Although nagging is counterproductive, suggestions from a parent are encouraged. Ask, "Did you put your homework in your backpack?" rather than a constant stream of questions about the homework. Focus on one aspect or helping the child to organize at a time.