Ways to Improve Concentration for Kids with ADHD
Getting kids with ADHD to concentrate can be both challenging for parents and teachers. Below you will find suggested strategies you can do as a parent to help improve your child's concentration.
- Provide structure: have clear, simple rules and routines.
- Be organized: have a homework spot, pack your child's backpack at night and have it ready to go, pick out your child's clothes before going to bed.
- During homework allow your child short breaks and a snack. Break larger projects into smaller ones so the assignment is doable.
- Be persistent: it may require several trials before you see progress.
- Add music to the environment: you can find numerous choices of concentration music on Youtube.
- Allow your child to stand at a tall table for homework, or give them a bouncy ball to sit on.
- Let him/her get physical: hop or skip to the letters of spelling words. A stationary bike would work too. Why not let them ride the bike while memorizing vocabulary words :)
- Chant math facts.
- Use music to enhance memory: allow your child to sing their spelling words or beat the syllables using drum sticks.
- Clap or march to the spelling of each word.
- Use colored pencils to write with.
- Puzzles boost concentration: don't forget word games and logic puzzles too.
- Give your child a stress ball to squeeze or a fidget to spin as they work.
- Give them gum or a candy necklace to chew on.
- Allow them to doodle as you read a story to them...great for memory.
- Lavender is a relaxing scent: burn lavender candles, or make lavender rice and place it in the homework area.
Most importantly, stay calm and parent on!