When looking at adorable kid desks online, there are tons of bright and colorful desk ideas, but these desk systems often won’t work for girls with ADHD. Instead, girls with ADHD need specific ADHD desk set ups so that they can avoid distractions and learn vital study skills that will help them throughout life. It’s all part of how to study better with ADHD.
11+ ADHD Desk Set Ups for Girls Who Can’t Sit Still
If you have a girl with ADHD, follow along with these helpful tips on how to create a homework and study station that will be helpful, not harmful for your ADHD girl!
How to Make an ADHD Desk Set Up
If your daughter is newly diagnosed with ADHD, or just getting to the age where homework is part of the daily routine, it can be a bit tricky knowing how to make a study space for girls with ADHD. A lot of cute desk set ups will only distract girls with ADHD, so you have to be careful on how you do it!
Where to Put an ADHD Study Station
You can set up your study area for your daughter with ADHD just about anywhere, however, there must be as few distractions as possible.
Some kids might be able to sit at the table and do homework, for example, but for most girls with ADHD, you’ll want to try to find a quieter location, but somewhere that you can still monitor.
We have a separate kitchen and dining room, so my elementary-aged ADHD daughter does her homework in there, while my teen daughter with ADHD has a quiet study station in her bedroom. Being older, she has learned more techniques to keep on track on her own.
Wherever you set up the study area, try to allow your girl to do her homework there as often as possible for consistency and to tell her brain that a specific place and time of day means “work time.”
What to Include in an ADHD Desk Set Up
Your ADHD desk for should have everything your daughter needs to complete her homework and assignments. Otherwise, you’ll be dealing with a little distracted jumping bean who gets up for a pencil, a water, a snack, to look at the noise, to turn off the fan, to turn on the fan, to go outside to check the weather for tomorrow, and so on.
Here’s what we like to include:
Modify these tools to work with the needs of the girl you’re caring for, as not all girls with ADHD are alike.
Here are some of the ADHD essentials I use in our house:I used this Good behavior tracker to help my girls keep track of their emptions and feelings which helps them improve awareness and reduce impulsivness.
These brain break activities are perfect for girls with ADHD who are in elementary school. We used them between homework sessions.
Here are some things that my ADHD girls find helpful:
- Desk lamp (this one with storage is awesome and so is this cat storage lamp)
- ADHD-friendly planner
- Closed storage drawers
- Comfy chair (some kids also benefit from a wiggle chair, mine don’t, they just fall over)
- Weighted lap blanket
- Basic writing tools
- Task timer
- Non-distracting fidget toys
- ADHD sensory tools
- Large, simple calendar
- White noise machine
- Sticky arrow flags
Desk Set-Ups for Girls with ADHD that Won’t Add to Their Distractions
Check out these ADHD desk design ideas for girls and use them as inspiration when creating your own homework centers for your ADHD girl!
Desks facing the wall work well for girls with ADHD because there is less to look at.
If your daughter can handle a bit of clutter, this pegboard design is cute for holding supplies. But I’d put the toys away to prevent more distractions.
For my ADHD girls, and many kids with ADHD, the simpler the desk design the better! This minimal version is ideal for girls with ADHD.
The simplicity of this homework station will work well for families who have multiple kids with ADHD.
If you don’t have a dedicated homework space, try making a homework box that can be carried from place to place.
If you have multiple kids, setting up a screen like in the image above can be a helpful desk hack!
A pedal desk is the perfect type of desk for girls with ADHD who can’t sit still and like to move!