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Jun 22, 2023

Executive Function, Time Management, and Homework Strategies for ADHD with Leslie Josel

One of the most common frustrations for parents of children with ADHD is homework and time management issues. That is why I am so excited for today's guest, because she is going to dive into the depths of this topic. 

Leslie Josel is an award-winning ADHD academic and parenting coach and the founder of Order Out of Chaos, a virtual company whose mission is to help parents guide their students in learning and in life. 

Leslie’s own son was diagnosed with ADHD, so she understands the challenges that can come with this particular diagnosis. Leslie is the creator of the award-winning academic planner, a tool that helps students develop time management skills, and she is the award-winning author of the book, How to Do It Now Because It’s Not Going Away: An Expert Guide to Getting Stuff Done. She also writes regularly  for ADDitude Magazine. 

If you have a child with ADHD who struggles with executive functioning, homework, or time management, this episode of the Soaring Child podcast is full of great, actionable tips! 


Key Takeaways:

[3:34] Executive age and why is it so important for parents to understand

[11:13] Time blindness

[15:29] Leslie’s number 1 tip for time blindness

[16:22] Pause, Picture, and Pace

[19:26] Future awareness and mapping time

[25:01] Homework strategies

[30:09] “Math in the bath” and “Hide the homework”

[35:07] Creating an environment for homework

Memorable Quotes:

”When your child is diagnosed with ADHD, they automatically have executive dysfunction. It goes hand in hand.”

”Our executive functions…are not fully developed until we are in our mid-twenties, so every student…shows up with some deficit.”

”Time blindness means you do not know where you sit in time…You might know what time it is, but knowing what time it is does not mean you understand or feel it.”

“For a child or student or even an adult to truly be able to manage time, you have to be able to see it.”

”You need to make time as visible as possible. You need to externalize it everywhere your child is, so that they can internalize it.”

“Your child needs to see time move.”

“Put a clock - an analog - in every room that your child spends time in.”

“Your kids live in two worlds. They live in the now…and then there’s the not now.”

“Every single thing has to line up in your child’s day to make homework happen.”

“If you have a child who has any kind of challenge, the amount of energy they have to put out compared to a kid who is maybe more neurotypical is like 20 times more…They are starting from a deficit.”

“I get them moving. That is my secret sauce.”

“Movement helps to lay down learning. Movement helps the brain not to strain. Movement helps us be less distracted.”

“Every kid shows up to the table with their own homework preferences and personality.”

“Most do not get the wiggle room to do things the way that works for them…Give them as much choice and control as we can.”

“The start is what is the hardest, so if we can separate the task from the setup, we’ve actually built the bridge to get started.”


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Dana Kay Resources:









International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – 

Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass –  

ADHD Parenting Course –

ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program –