Distractions in the Physical Environment
Since much of home use of computers is centered around casual computing, many households do not have a dedicated space for virtual learning, which does require a more controlled environment. While some households may have a home office that could be changed into a classroom, others do not. Other environmental factors that can be distracting, especially for students with ADHD, are rooms that are too warm or too cold, inadequate lighting, rooms with windows that have the potential to introduce outside distractions such as vehicular or pedestrian traffic, barking dogs, etc. Some parents may have a spare bedroom that could act as a classroom, but the room has been used so far as a catch all for clutter, extra furniture, and other household paraphernalia.
Create an Uncluttered Learning Environment
Both the parents and the student should expect to keep the classroom area neat and tidy. Just as teachers and students pick up clutter and garbage daily in a schoolroom, the same treatment should be given to a home classroom to prepare for the next school day. If the home classroom is too warm or too cold, buy a quiet portable heater or fan to make the room temperature more comfortable and less distracting. If there are too many distractions coming in from outside, close the curtains or blinds when class is in session. If the classroom area has inadequate lighting or if there is too much glare on the computer screen, add lighting to the room and/or ensure the computer screen is easy to view. Parents should also invest in a desk and chair that is the right size for their child, so they will not get distracted and fidget because they are uncomfortable.