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HOME WORK AND ADHD--"Let's Git 'er dun!" 
Getting homework done and often be challenging for a child with ADHD. It often leads to tears and hair pulling of both the parents and the child. One family recently informed me that if they don't get the homework done before the medication wears off and then what normally takes 15 minutes takes three hours. What are your problems are the severe not sometimes adding some rewards can make all the difference. It may be as simple as, "you can watch your favorite half-hour show as soon as your homework is done," or as complicated as a system of daily, weekly, and semester reward. Often such a complicated system is helpful because there are many barriers to getting homework done, such as actually getting the homework folder, the homework sheets, and other homework materials home. Having a reward system that actually correction of all this behavior can make homework fun and desirable, and much simpler for the parent to deal with. Below are several different examples of how the homework folder system can work for elementary and middle school students. I find that most high school students do not like to do this because they find it embarrassing; however, it may be helpful for them to do on their own and only have their parents checking it at home in private, and creating the most appropriate rewards; which for teens is often monetary or involving time friend on the phone or chatting on the Internet, though many still enjoy gaming and various types. The Wii is encouraged because of the family interaction and stimulates.

Below is an example program of what gets points and what the rewards could be. The second set of examples is very is homework logs that are structured as to whether you have multiple classes in the day or if your or only in one class all day, and whether completing in class assignments is a problem. Finally, there is the record chart for home, that indicates how many points you earned per day.

Clientís Homework Program

1. Client will write down his assignment in homework book. (1)
Client will write down the things she/he needs to complete these assignments (1)
And he will get teacher to initial it. (1)

2. You bring home everything you need for doing your homework (1)
This includes having homework sheets in homework folder. (1)
He will show it to his mom and get her signature (1).

3. Do your homework. (2)

4. Put completed homework in homework folder (1).
Put everything in backpack (1).
Put backpack by the door (1).

5. Turn in homework to teacher (2).

6. Teacher said he did his inclass work. (2)

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE IN ONE DAY IS 15


2 pts. Can get him 15 minutes of TV, Computer, or Gameboy. ( set timer on videogame time) Then he needs to read, go for walk, talk with parents, play games with parents, help parents with work etc. Or the pts. can be worth so many cents.

at 3pts a day (15pts) At end of week gets him video rental, dollar store toy, video game rental, or happy meal or something in this price range.

Think of rewards to save weekly points for, e.g., 6 weeks of weekly points could get him an actual new(used) gameboy cartridge. Banking 3pts a day, 15 pts. a week, means 90pts gets him 6 weeks prize, like trip to movies with soda and popcorn, $5 dollar store toy, used video game. Or if itís something really big to work towards perhaps a semester reward for 270pts.

This is based on earning 10 pts. a day as we do not expect perfection.

We DO NOT expect perfection so it is important to set up program so they can get rewards having only earned 70% of pts. (e.g. 9 or 10 of 13 or 15 pts). Then you can raise the expectations a little, by saying the daily reward will cost more and raise it one point at a time, but never expecting perfections; thus never going above 11 of 13, or 13 or 15 pts. If they get extra pts. that means they can get a bigger daily or weekly reward perhaps.

An example image of the above is below: (you can copy and paste either)(THOUGH THESE IMAGES LOOK BAD, IF YOU RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE IMAGES AND OPEN IN A PICTURE VIEWER THE PRINT OUT VERY NICELY. IF YOU RUN THEM THROUGH A GOOD OCR PROGRAM YOU CAN EVEN EDIT THEM)



The second set of examples is very is homework logs that are structured as to whether you have multiple classes in the day or if your or only in one class all day, and whether completing in class assignments is a problem. Two example logs are below:






Finally, there is the record chart for home, that indicates how many points you earned per day. When a child or young person has more classes you can actually give them one point for every action they make for each class. An example is as follows:



Eventually, I hope to have document files loaded up here. Nonetheless, may you find this helpful!

Sincrely, Dr. McCoy



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