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Homework and Bedtime for My ADD/ADHD Child

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 10   |   Comments: 0

     With a rigorous curriculum, and an ADD child at home, you certainly have your work cut out for you at homework time.  Most homework tips include a good study area that is quiet and conducive to doing work. What most people don't realize, is, the importance of €˜timing'.

     Every child has an internal clock that regulates his or her high and low energy times. There are kids who come home from school and crash while others are so happy to be out of school that they are ready to go to their soccer game and play for hours.

     You know your child best. When are your ADD/ADHD child's peak times?  Does he or she come home and want to sleep?  Does your child get his or her second wind after dinner?  Or does your child always seem to run on a full tank?

     Find out when your child's peak times are and capitalize on them.  For example, if your child seems to have boundless energy from 4 o'clock to 6 o'clock and get tired at 7, then find the time when he is not over stimulated and not too tired to do work.  You will have to find that fine line.  If your child seems to always be €˜on', then do something to tire him out and then try some work.  If your child is €˜wired', it will be hard to get him to do work.  If he is too tired, it will be even more of a challenge.  You'll have to find that mid-point in-between hyper and fatigued.

     Find your child's €˜best' time for homework and you will have more success.   

     A consistent routine is the only answer to eliminating those bedtime battles. 

     You should start the bedtime process with a few warnings.  Start off by telling your child that he or she has a half hour until bed.  Then, ten minutes, five minutes, and finally two minutes until bedtime.  This may seem like a hassle at first, but in due time, you will only need one warning and eventually, no warnings at all. 

     If you are having considerable difficulty with your child, you might want to consider adding a routine to accompany these €˜warnings'.  For example, at the half hour warning, your child could get on his or her pajamas.  The ten minute warning can indicate snack and story time.  Your child will associate the two minute warning with brushing his or her teeth.  Finally, your child will be ready for bed without being surprised. 

    Attention deficit disorder children, and pretty much most kids, will develop a sense of security having these time frames and routines.  Make sure you are consistent and you will see results.

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