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Parents have asked us why homework takes their child 2, 3 and even 4 times longer than their peers and what they can do about it. This article defines the 3 key issues and what parents can do about it. Student’s key issues often include:

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1-Paying Attention is a major problem, both in and out of class, while doing homework


2- They often have one or more issues with their vision-often these student’s eyes are either: not working well together; skipping words/lines while reading; or they have a very difficult time copying what ion the board in front of them.


3- They become anxious when doing homework and often may have a small meltdown.

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When a student has trouble paying attention in class, they often must be re-taught the information at home. What makes matters worse is that the students homework time which should have taken 45 minutes gets stretched to 1 and ½ hours due to re-teaching, and then to over 2 hours because they cannot stay focused.

Vision issues impact their homework in several ways:


1- They have trouble copying the notes off the board correctly and you spend time trying to understand the assignment.


2- They skip words or lines when reading, further complicating life.

3- When they do math problems they do not often align their work correctly, they miss minus and division signs so they make careless errors.

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Students often get tense when doing homework and battles often follow. What often happens is:

Students are too intimidated to ask questions in class and they simply get stuck

The student or parent gets angry and then …

An argument starts which often escalates into a huge battle of wills, sound familiar?

Recommendations for Parents:

*Stay Calm when doing homework with your child.

*If your child is getting stressed, give them a 5 minute break or longer if necessary.

*Water, Water and more water. Hydration is important before, during, and after homework.

* When reading, use an index finger to keep them in a straight line.

*If the attention is a significant issue, consider getting an ADHD diagnosis-if they have a learning disability or attention issues significantly impact their academic performance, the student could qualify for an individualized Education Plan and they could get accommodations for homework, including : Getting copies of notes(either provided by the teacher, another student, or scribed by a pare-educator.

-Seating by the teacher up front to improve attention.

-Having the teacher check to make sure the student understands the written assignment correctly.

-Having you, the parent, sign that they completed the assignment and putting in in a place they can find it.

-An early warning system, where the teacher alerts you to various concerns and complications or challenges early on.

If vision is a major issue, seen an optometrist to get your child’s eyes checked, even if they have perfect 20/20 vision.