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How can I help my child with ADHD achieve academic success?

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You can help your child with ADHD achieve academic success by taking steps to improve the quality of your child's homework. You can do this by making sure your child is:

You should also see if your child does better with a short break after school. Some kids have a hard time going straight from school into homework. Other kids, though, get too distracted by breaks and have a hard time refocusing. One more thing: make sure your child is getting plenty of exercise. Sometimes, a little added activity can do wonders for focus.

  • Seated in a quiet area without clutter or distractions
  • Given clear, concise instructions
  • Encouraged to write each assignment in a notebook as it is given by the teacher
  • Responsible for his or her own assignments; you should not do for your child what your child can do for himself.
  • Well-hydrated and fed; a snack break can do wonders for helping to sustain attention. Try to choose healthy snacks which incorporate protein. Avoid sugary snacks or snacks lacking nutrients.

From: Parenting a Child With ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CHADD.org (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

National Resource Center on ADHD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

CHADD.org (Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Attention Deficit Disorder Association.

National Resource Center on ADHD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

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