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ADHD at School


My son is in the 7th grade.  He was an A honor roll student.  We recently moved here where school is much bigger and requires alot more from the students.  My son CAN NOT for remember to write in his planner therefore he can’t remember to do his homework.  And when he does do his homework, he can’t remember to turn it in.  How do you make someone remember to use their planner?


Sounds like my son.  7th grade, move, etc. At his school we have a system called Blackboard. I go on every monday and write down his assignments for the week so I have it at home..I check his grades too. i am trying to ease up on it some, because he has to learn to do things for himself. In the morning I try to remind him to use his planner. Hope you and your son can find a way to work together smile

Posted by Wyatt's Mom on Apr 09, 2014 at 1:00pm

Hi my world my son!

Get the teachers to help with this. Since you aren’t at school with him, in those moments he’s not remembering to write things down or turn things in, you can’t have much effect on this on your own. Ask teachers to set up a system of reminders for him and work with him to learn to effectively use his planner.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 09, 2014 at 4:29pm

I also have this problem.  Best way is to keep in contact with his teachers via email.  I always found them willing to give me a “heads up” about tests, assignments and project due dates.  And many prefer email as a form of communication.

Posted by staypositive on Apr 09, 2014 at 4:30pm

My son stopped using his planner as well.  Luckily, we haven’t had too many issues of his forgetting to do his homework or turn it in.

If you can get the teachers involved, great.  Some of my sons teachers have the philosophy that they are preparing them for high school and have very little sympathy.  I have even been told “that sometimes he may need to fall on his face to learn.”  Once, I went to school to collect homework and one teacher didn’t even tell me to look at the board.  He ended up getting an “f” and having to work his way up.  Thank God he was able to.

Posted by knrdodd on Apr 09, 2014 at 5:35pm

Does he have a phone, if so see if they will let him take a picture of the homework on the board, this has really helped us this year?  Also set the reminder on the phone for when he gets to school to remind him to turn it in.

Posted by teddy123 on Apr 09, 2014 at 10:38pm

Some teachers especially ones who have been around for a while don’t ‘believe’ in ADHD. Letting a kid who has problems with executive functioning ‘fall on his face’ is cruel and certainly doesn’t teach the child anything. Ii also have a 7th grader. It is challenging. Contact with the teachers is essential. Is he on a 504 plan? Some accommodations because he has ADHD like teacher checking to see if he has written down the assignment. If not might be wise to investigate that resource. Does your school have a homework hot line or an online home work site. Ours has something called the WIKI where teacher post assignments - also a site called Gradespeed for keeping track of what’s turned in and what’s missing.

I like the above suggestion about putting an alarm on his phone or other screen. These kids are very tech savy and anyhing that used technology is more interesting too. My son was putting his assignments in his phone/iPod as well and that was helping.

Posted by susabcats42 on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:32am

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