ADHD tools and apps for students

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in ADHD on June 27, 2022
Students with ADHD can use numerous tools and apps to excel in school. Read on to learn more about them.

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Although ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, the symptoms often last into adulthood. Adult ADHD has unique challenges that can be prevalent if tools aren’t introduced at a younger age.

    ADHD students invariably struggle in school and can’t keep up with other students. Fortunately, numerous ADHD tools and apps can help. Here you’ll learn more about them.

    Why students should use tools and apps to help with their ADHD

    Common ADHD symptoms are inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and poor time management. Unfortunately, many children and adults with this disorder also suffer from mental health issues and learning disabilities.

    These symptoms and disorders often result in poor school performance. Different ADHD tools and apps can help ADHD learners with time management, writing, reading, and other school-related tasks.

    Such tools can also improve focus, enhance productivity, serve as a reminder for completing tasks, etc.

    The best tools and apps for students with ADHD

    Thanks to technological advancements, ADHD college students can use numerous tools and apps designed to help them through school. They are available for both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android, so students can always access them on their smartphones. Most apps and tools of this nature can also be used on a computer.

    Online and written planners

    One of the best apps for online planning is Evernote. The app allows ADHD students to create and manage their schedules, take notes, create checklists and assign tasks. Evernote is easy to use and available on Android and iOS.

    Another app many ADHD students find useful is Simple Mind Pro. This mind-mapping app allows users to develop a map of their thoughts and ideas and organize the information as they please. This can help the students focus and relax.

    Students with ADHD should also explore Remember the Milk. The app enables students to create to-do lists, manage their tasks, set reminders, sync all devices, and much more.

    Productivity apps

    One of the symptoms of ADHD is poor time management, which affects productivity.

    Many ADHD students need help organizing their time and maintaining focus, and the Pomodoro technique can be a great solution. The technique is based on splitting work into intervals and taking short but frequent breaks in between.

    The Brain Focus app is based on this technique. It blocks apps and notifications, such as those from social media and gmail, for a specific period to ensure there are no distractions.

    Another excellent productivity app is Todoist. The app is ideal for anyone who has trouble completing tasks. All users need to do is create to-do lists and set reminders. Todoist also features a progress tracker, allowing users to check in on their productivity using visual graphs.

    Assistive technologies

    ADHD students who struggle with math can try the ModMath app. The app was developed by the parents of a child with dysgraphia and dyslexia. The parents created a great app that simplifies math problems and guides users toward solving equations.

    The app is free but features in-app purchases.

    One of the typical symptoms of ADHD is a short attention span. Both young children and adults who have ADHD usually can’t read for a long time without losing focus. Fortunately, there’s a solution: Speechify.

    This program converts written text to speech and allows users to improve their vocabulary and enhance the learning process.

    Mindfulness applications

    The Mindfulness app is a must-try for anyone who wants to learn more about the benefits of mindfulness. It teaches users how to meditate and offers courses and meditations from renowned experts. The app is beginner-friendly and walks users through every step.

    Another mindfulness app is Headspace. The app offers hundreds of guided meditations to help users deal with stress and anxiety, sleep better, and enhance focus. Headspace is user-friendly and available on numerous platforms.

    Relaxation tools

    Since one of the ADHD symptoms is hyperactivity, many ADHD apps focus on relaxing. One of the best apps for that is Omvana. Besides numerous meditation sessions, the app offers sleep sounds. Although it may not be among the most popular apps, Omvana has excellent ratings and thousands of downloads.

    Another relaxation app ADHD students can use is Calm. The wellness app can help users enhance focus, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality. Many people like it because they can personalize their user experience by answering a few questions.

    Speechify – helping those with ADHD learn and excel

    Many people with ADHD suffer from an executive function deficit. Executive function represents a set of skills necessary for controlling behavior. When there’s a deficit, an ADHD brain struggles with attention, memory, and organization skills.

    As a result, many individuals with ADHD struggle with reading comprehension. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a problem, thanks to Speechify.

    Speechify uses cutting-edge AI technology to convert written text into speech. This allows children and adults with ADHD to expand their vocabulary at their own pace. Speechify allows users to customize different options like the speed of speech, voice, and accent.

    The software features a free and paid version and is available as a browser extension and a smartphone app. Don’t hesitate to try Speechify and see if it’s the right fit for you.


    What apps are good for ADHD?

    Numerous apps are suitable for those with ADHD. RescueTime, Asana, Mindnode, Remember the Milk, and Evernote are some of the most popular.

    What is assistive technology for ADHD students?

    Assistive technology for ADHD students is any device, gadget, tool, or software, that can help them improve their performance in school and in private life.

    How do students with ADHD learn best?

    Students with ADHD learn best with regular breaks, a routine, limited distractions, and positive feedback.

    What helps ADHD students focus?

    Good seating arrangements, interesting lessons, a daily routine, and distraction blockers are only some factors that can help ADHD students focus.

    What are some ADHD tools for students?

    Some tools for ADHD students are fidgets, stress balls, chewable necklaces, and color-coded to-do lists.

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    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

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