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6 Homework Station Ideas From Our Community

By The Understood Team

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What type of homework station works best for your child? The challenges of homework are different for each child with learning and attention issues, and so are the solutions. See what’s working for some members of our online community—and why.

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Amanda's homework station
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Time Management On the Go

“We have limited space, so we made a portable station for our first grader, who is 2E and has ADHD. We keep everything in an easy-to-carry tote. Each item has its own spot, so we can see when supplies are low.

We also use a ‘traffic light’ timer to keep him on track. We usually set it for 30 minutes. If he’s particularly distractible, we set it for 15 minutes so he can take a break. Also, the timer buzzes and the light turns yellow when there are 5 minutes left to go.”

—Amanda

Jamie's homework station
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Tucked Away for Focus

“My son does his homework at a desk that is tucked into the corner of his room. The location helps with his ADHD because the small space makes him feel comfortable, and there aren’t a lot of distractions around him.”

—Jamie

Jennifer's homework station
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Organized and in Plain Sight

“My son’s homework station is in his room. He has dyslexia, and the large calendar helps him see assignments easily. The wall system has a slot for each of his subjects, so all of his papers are organized. He doesn’t have to worry about where they are.

Supplies are within arm’s reach so he’s not distracted by running around looking for items. The quiet of his room is essential for focus. But when he needs to think creatively or simply move, he can get up and shoot some baskets.”

—Jennifer

Samantha's homework station
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The Busier, the Better

“My son struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. His homework station always feels a little ‘busy’ for me, but it works for him! He has plenty of fidgets and has recently begun to ask for classical music to be played. (Music helps, but song lyrics distract him.)

Also, he says his light reminds him of where his focus is supposed to be. It’s not 100 percent, but it has significantly helped homework time go smoother!”

—Samantha

Keri's homework station
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Everything Within Reach

“I have ADHD. I’m in college now, but I worked from the kitchen table for a couple years. Having space that is mine—where I can keep my research materials out, use a whiteboard to stay organized and have everything I need in reaching distance—has been a game-changer! (Fun colors help, too!)”

—Kerri

Danielle's homework station
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Tuning Out Distractions

“My son has ADHD and problems with communication and working memory. Headphones keep noise distractions at bay. His desk faces the corner of his room, which helps him stay focused during 20-minute homework sessions. He also takes exercise or sports breaks in between homework sessions.”

—Danielle

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The Understood Team is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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