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Teaching your ADHD Child to Focus

written by: stacy1172 • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 9/11/2012

Teaching children with ADHD ways to focus will help them in and out of the classroom. It can help improve their grades and boost their self esteem. Read on to see how simple steps in organization can create structure out of chaos for ADHD children and provide focus at school and at home.

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    Organization and Focus

    Being unorganized can cause a lack of focus. Having things organized can help a child with ADHD focus more on the task they need to complete.

    Home Study Space

    Create a study space in a place that is quiet and as free from distractions as possible. Make sure that you stock it with all the supplies the child with ADHD will need to do their home work. This includes paper, pencils, pens, scissors, and any other school supplies that might be needed.

    Arrange the supplies in easy accessible spots on the desk. Having the things they need in easy to reach spots will help keep children with ADHD from getting distracted by having to search for their supplies.

    At School

    Just like at home, you need to make sure your child has the supplies needed to complete their work. Pencil boxes and organizers can help keep things they need within reach. If separate notebooks are needed, label them with the subject so that the child can grab the correct one quickly.

    Focusing at Home

    Problems focusing at home can stem from many different distractions. Turn off any nearby televisions and radios. Do your best to keep other family members away from the child with ADHD while they are studying to help him/her remain focused on the task at hand..

    Focusing at School

    There are several things that can be done to help children with ADHD focus in school. Place the student at the front of the class. This will help eliminate distractions from other students. Try to position the ADHD child away from any doors or windows. Looking into the hall or out windows can be distracting.

    Teachers can help by giving precise directions and allowing the ADHD student to complete tasks in smaller increments. Children with ADHD should be encouraged to ask questions if they do not understand something in the learning objectives.

    Combining Organization with Focus

    Using the tips about organization and focus together can help improve how children with ADHD work. When they complete tasks by using these tips, let them know how proud you are of them. A little praise can go a long way in motivating them to stay on track.

    Remember providing organization for children with ADHD will go a long way in keeping them focused and engaged in their learning process and treasure its outcome and all because they were focused on the task at hand.

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