If you are a parent of a child with a learning disability, you know how frustrating homework time can be. Evenings should not be spent tirelessly at the kitchen table. In fact, over involvement in your child’s homework can be counterproductive. If you sit down with your child every day at the kitchen table, who’s homework is it? “Many kids will let you do as much of their work as you’re willing to do.”
The responsibility lines can become blurred over time. Additionally, kids who are always provided a great deal of assistance, may become reliant on it and feel as though they cannot do it on their own, in turn, negatively affecting their academic confidence and self-esteem. Of course you love your child and you want to see them succeed… So what can you do?
Be specific about what kind of help you will provide during your designated homework time. Here are some helpful hints you can try out:
Help with organization:
- Checking assignment notebooks
- Going over directions and make sure they understand what is being asked of them
- Prioritizing tasks
Help Manage time and stay on Task:
Children with learning disabilities tend to underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks
- Schedule Homework in shorter sessions
- Allow mini breaks and snacks, if needed
- Soft music or white noise
- If you have a squirmy one on your hands, try having them sitting on an exercise ball, chewing gum or squeezing a soft ball while working
Review their work:
Children with a LD tend to prefer to not check their work
- A child with a visual-perception problem may not be able to spot their errors or maybe it was just boring and they don’t want to see it again!
Know when to ask for help:
Sometimes as the parent you aren’t always the best one to be helping during homework time. Simply providing emotional support and guidance can prove extremely beneficial. Also, utilize your resources, talk with the teacher if your child is having trouble understanding the assignments. Considering a tutor may be an option, as well.