Getting assignments completed during the school day is challenging for all kids with ADHD. Unfinished classwork is a frustrating problem for teachers, who struggle to find ways to motivate kids with ADHD to complete work at the same pace as other students in the classroom. It’s also a frustrating problem for students, who often feel like they are failing when they see their peers staying on task and completing assignments easily. Often unfinished work is sent home and added to the day’s regular homework assignments. This extends the frustration to parents who see their children struggling to complete the typical homework load, let alone added work at the end of the day.
Typical strategies for “motivating” students with ADHD to finish assignments quickly and accurately, like having them miss out on fun activities like recess or Choice Time when work is incomplete, or using a typical reward system to reinforce assignment completion, are rarely effective unless they are paired with targeted classroom accommodations. Effective accommodations help compensate for the executive functioning deficits (like slow processing speed or poor working memory) that make it difficult for students with ADHD to complete assignments at the same pace and with the same level of accuracy as their peers without ADHD.
Every student with ADHD is different, and the accommodations that will be most helpful will depend on each student’s individual profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Here are 5 of the most helpful strategies for improving work completion in the classroom, which can be tailored to meet the needs of each student:
Incomplete assignments are a frustrating problem for teachers, students, and their parents. Fortunately, with a combination of tailored classroom accommodations and praise or rewards, students with ADHD are capable of completing more work than they (or their teacher!) ever thought was possible during the school day.
Mary Rooney, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Rooney is a researcher and clinician specializing in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD and co-occurring behavioral, anxiety, and mood disorders. A strong advocate for those with attention and behavior problems, Dr. Rooney is committed to developing and providing comprehensive, cutting edge treatments tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and adolescent. Dr. Rooney's clinical interventions and research avenues emphasize working closely with parents and teachers to create supportive, structured home and school environments that enable children and adolescents to reach their full potential. In addition, Dr. Rooney serves as a consultant and ADHD expert to Huntington Learning Centers.
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