By Allison Eatough
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) makes homework hard for everyone.
If there’s a reason to walk away from his homework, Donald “Doc” Moreland will find it. Bathroom breaks. Pencil sharpening. Snack time.
“Homework’s a challenge with Doc,” says Jeanne Tobia, the 9-year-old’s mother. “He will find 25 different reasons to go do something else.”
But that’s not because the Crofton Elementary School student dislikes his assignments. Doc has ADHD, a common condition where children have a range of challenges, including difficulty staying focused and paying attention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.
Homework is especially difficult for children with ADHD, says Dr. Mark Mahone, director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. At the end of the school day, most of them are exhausted, he says.