End household clutter by sorting through all your child’s belongings and donating what’s no longer used. Enlist your child’s help to organize their possessions and make sure that everything has its proper place.
Take it a step further by making sure you and the rest of your family aren’t contributing to the level of clutter in the home by tidying up your own spaces and possessions. Your child will benefit from the focus-conducive environment a clutter-free home provides.
2. Create Order with Schedules and Checklists
Routine is essential for children with ADHD. Routines planned in the form of schedules and checklistscan help keep your child focused on success.
Provide clear, written instructions for your child and post them in a place where they can see them. Having them check off items on their list once completed will show them the progress they’ve made and inspire them to continue with the remaining tasks on their list.
3. Decrease Audio and Visual Distractions
Your child will benefit most from a quiet space to work–a place without distractions like music, TV, the conversations of others, or computer games. Whether your child is doing homework or simply engaging himself in quiet activities like reading or journaling, quiet time plays a key role in sharpening your child’s mental focus.
Designate a work area for your child and decrease the potential for audio and visual distractions in this room as much as possible.
4. Use Interior Design to Encourage Relaxation and Focus
Did you know you can design your home with your child’s ADHD symptoms in mind? Just a few minor changes can inspire focus in your child. Using soothing colors to paint his bedroom, incorporating plenty of storage space, and drawing boundaries between play and work areas can all help your child create a sense of order in his life.
It only takes a few extra steps to help your child feel his most comfortable at home. Whether he’s striving for productivity, relaxation, or play, an organized and structured home life will help keep him focused on the task at hand.
Sara Bell grew up in a family of teachers—her dad has taught high school for 30 years and her mom is a university professor. At EducatorLabs, she puts the lessons they instilled in her about the importance of curiosity and learning to great use. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, writing, and knitting.