Focus is the key to school success!

It’s that time of the year again when our children are going back to school. This means the dreaded “H-word” HOMEWORK! Homework can be a nuisance at times, but for the child with ADHD is can be a nightmare. This nightmare extends to the parents and household as screaming matches, frustration and tears can be inevitable. As a teacher, I try to keep in mind that you, as a parent, have had a hard day at work and your child has had a hard day keeping it together in school. Nobody wants to continue a hard day at home! Included here are a few tips and tricks that have worked over the years with my students to improve focus, maintain the peace, and promote independence. Try some, try all. The key is consistency!!!! Partner with your child to see what works best. They should be able to let you know.

*Clear visual clutter. Have a work area set up in your home where you can monitor but not hover. Have a space where they can place finished work(preferably back into a folder in their backpack). Have this space set up with tools and supplies they will need so they will not have to get up and search for pens, pencils…

*Set a specific time each day to complete work. This is up to you and your child. Is after school the best time or after supper for concentration? Do they need to play first or snack?

*Avoid noise pollution. No TV or playstation on in the background. White noise or quiet music if needed.

*Post visual reminders for steps to take to stay focused and keep in plain view. Create a list of what to do first, second…(get snack, get out assignment book, decide what to do first, get supplies needed…place back into folder in your backpack)

*Do the assignment you want to complete the LEAST, FIRST. This is a big one. Teach your child to finish the hardest assignment first. Get it over with!! They’ll be less fatigued!

*Help your child break assignments into chunks and take a break when they finish a chunk.

*If your child is on medication, make sure he/she is consistently taking it. It’s going to be very difficult for them to focus if their medication has worn off!

Hypnosis has been proven useful for ADHD, focus, memory, test taking and many other skills needed for success in school. Coaching also is a great tool for parents to stay on track, learn new tools and find support.

Schedule a session today with Kathy to get your back-to-school stress back-in-balance!

Kathy also has a program starting “Homework Independence” on September 12 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, which is a three part informational series. It will meet also on October 17, November 14 – pre-registration is required. Visit her site at for more information and to sign up.

Kathy Grande

Soul Alchemist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Quantum Life Coach, Certified Hypnotist and Medical Intuitive - Kathy combines her 30+ years in education to offer a truly rounded experience to help those needing to heal in body, mind, and spirit. Contact her to work with her!