Homework time is a struggle for many children, especially those with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADD/ADHD is present in 4 to 7 percent of children. In this era of successful medical treatment of symptoms, it becomes very important to discuss with parents the need for strategies that children can use to become more focused.
The earlier a routine is started the more successful children will be as they grow older.
As children get older, their homework gets longer, more demanding and more sophisticated. Their life gets busier. This is complicated by the fact that they sleep less either by choice or by the demands of school or work. ADD/ADHD affects these older children as well. Though the hyperactivity may have dissipated, the inattention remains.
Older children are often less supervised, yet concerns over their multi-tasking have heightened in the face of advancing technology. The parent continues to be the one who will need to specially monitor driving, cell phone use, loud music and possible substance use. By this time, habits learned early in life should have become incorporated as part of daily living.
Good coping strategies and study habits get carried on to the later school years. Whether homework is done in kindergarten or in a college class, good habits become strategies for success.