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Help Your Child Stay Focused

Written by Diane Dempster. Posted in Emotionality-and-Impulsivity, School-Challenges, tips-tricks
on 2014-03-04


Sustaining focus is a major obstacle for ADHD kids, and let’s face it, ADHD adults! Teaching our children to use systems and structures can help them stay on track and complete everyday activities more effectively. Homework, for instance, is a daily struggle for many families. Try this: set an alarm on your phone so it vibrates every 10 minutes. At first, sit with your child so that you are BOTH working on independent tasks. When the timer goes off, ask, “Are we on track? Are we doing what we need to do?” It’s okay to let your child catch you being off task once in a while!

As he gets older and more accustomed to the system, he can do this on his own. “Am I still focusing on my homework?” He will be able to be more aware and conscious of where his attention is – and where it should be!


Diane Dempster

Diane Dempster

Through ImpactADHD, Diane helps parents access the best resources, training, and coaching so they, too, can find their answers. An experienced leader, an expert in change management, and holder of a wonderful basket of tools, Diane helps clients create deep, sustaining change and open their eyes to life. And no one needs this more than parents of kids with ADHD.

Comments (2)

  • Kathy Jenkins


    Great advice! I often suggest that this is the time when a parent can go through mail, pay bills or catch up on reading that stuff they have been meaning to read.
    Can you provide advice if you are trying to start this process with a middle school student who is less apt to work with a parent int his way.


  • Diane Dempster


    Great question Kathy – Have the child check in with you (maybe even text you if you trust them with electronics during homework time) at regular intervals – every 20 minutes or when assignments are done. The way I handle it, if they are off task more than twice in a row, they get me back in the room for the evening ;-) sometimes that is enough incentive right there.


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