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Old 04-09-04, 09:34 AM
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SUCCESSFUL HOMEWORK STRATEGIES FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Parents play a very important role in helping students believe that time spent completing homework assignments can and does make a difference in successful learning. Parents are helping their child with homework when they:

* Stress the importance of homework by providing a time, a place, and supplies for it.
* Reinforce the belief that homework is important by supporting, encouraging, and praising the child's efforts. Remember, we all perform best in a supportive atmosphere in which we are valued as individuals.
* Reassure the child that some subjects are most difficult than others if a child is working hard but with disappointing results.
* Feel free to discuss what you can do to help the situation with both the student and the teacher.
* Say, "Tell me about your homework" instead of asking the child if he/she has homework.
* Provide the child with a clear surface on which to work, good light, appropriate tools, and a comfortable chair. (Not too comfortable - an easy chair may encourage napping.)
* Provide a homework environment that is free from background distractions of television, loud conversation, or pets. For some children "white noise" provided by soft instrumental music helps mask such sounds, for others silence is more effective.
* Intercept drop-in playmates of the child as well as those of his/her siblings.
* Realize that a child may be distracted by subtle things, such as white paper against a dark desktop. If a child is unable to focus after you have eliminated obvious distractions, check out less obvious sources of distraction.
* Recognize that a child may become tired. Even busy walls or buzzing light fixtures may cause the child fatigue!
* Listen to or discuss the main points of a homework assignment.
* Work one or two examples together and make sure that the child understands the assignment.
* Communicate with teachers when more information is needed about assignments.
* Keep in touch with your child's teacher to learn about what the class is studying.
* Look over your child's paper after the teacher returns it.
* Help the child to place finished homework into a backpack so that it can be turned in on time.
* Suggest a telephone break during the time that homework is done. Friends will need to be alerted, and the parent can volunteer to take messages for any stray calls.

HOMEWORK REMEDIES AND THE IEP

If a child has difficulty completing homework assignments, he/she may need modifications that coincide with modifications required on the individualized education program (IEP). The following suggestions might be considered:

* Specify the amount of time to be spent each evening on homework.
* Include an agreement to grade only the homework which the child has completed.
* Determine and address the purpose of the homework.
* Consider alternatives to long-term written assignments: Allow the child to use an audio cassette record rather than write assignments.
* Allow the child's parent to write assignments dictated by the child.
* Provide graph paper for computation if the student has mathematical disabilities.
* Numerals can be written in the boxes to avoid failure to line them up vertically.
* Allow the child to make a model and/or drawing rather than complete a written assignment. For example, make a paper model of a favorite scene in a book, an historical event, etc.
* Allow the child to do a science experiment and record the results with a video camera (if available), photographs, or drawings. Have the child tell about the experiment.
* Provide the child with an opportunity to present a short dramatic sketch of a character in a reading assignment, complete with simple costumes, etc.
* Allow the child to use a computer to complete written assignments.
* If the child has difficulty bringing assignments home, specify that a copy of assignments will be given to the child. You might suggest that the teacher copy his/her weekly lesson plan book for the parent, blocking out personal information or allow the child to have a classmate provide a copy of written assignments (using carbon paper).
* Provide a set of textbooks for home use by the student. Allow parents to highlight topic sentences or significant facts, particularly in social studies and science texts.
* Allow the child to use taped or audio textbooks. These are available from the Texas State Library as well as commercial sources.
* If a student has difficulty copying from a paper or from the board, teach the the child "copy procedures" such as those in Structures and Techniques: Remedial Language Training.

(Compiled by Margaret Carr, Educational Consultant, for the Learning Disabilities Association of Texas Conference, November, 1999)
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Excellent post.There are also some good ideas in The Parents Guide to Attention Deficit Disorder...,,,by McCarney & Bauer (Hawthorne Press). In addition, Taking Charge of ADHD....by Russell Barkley is another good source.

Always remember that everyone has their own learning style, so finding whaich one works best with your child is very important. Good luck.
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Any suggestions for when she just doesn't want to do it? (8yrs. old - 2nd grade)

Amber pretends to be stupid. (Yes, I mean stupid) as in pencil, what's a pencil? Paper - hmm, oh yeah, "how do I fold an airplane?" half way thru her math homework. 2+2= uhm, wait a minute.....hang on there,,,I know....oh, I forgot...hmmmmm....3. And while she's at it she'll kick her shoes off and put them back on the wrong feet. etc., etc.

It's so obvious when she does it because she gets that glint in her eyes and you can see her jaw clenching just a little. And you can just make out a smirk under that look of idiotic wonder.

Does anyone else have this type of homework nightmare? She's gone 6 hours sitting at the kitchen table because she "forgot" how to spell her name and wouldn't write it on her paper. It wasn't until I brought in her bike and started taking it apart that she WOW- finished the entire page in less than 10 minutes! Thank God for medication!

We just got her a puppy and I swear the dog's got ADD too. Ball, what's a ball? wheeeeee!
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Witsend here..I'm new to this site & while bouncing around (funny I should use that term) I found your post. I SO UNDERSTAND YOU!!!!! (Hence my log in name.) I too have an 8y/o (a boy) in 2nd grade. I just don't know what to do. I've talked to his teacher, school resouce specialist, etc... He sometimes "acts stupid" just as you describeyour daughter doing.. how irritating is that? His grades reflect that exterme opposite of that. I know he's doing it just to DRIVE ME NUTS!!! ( succeeding at times too!!) He's got an animal report due in 2 days, has had over a month to work on it, but now we're down to the wire.... Arrrh! (& he blames ME for not having it done when he wants to do something fun!!)
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Re: Successful homework strategies for ADHD or LD

Yes honey I do....Unfortunately. I am actually new here and have a Thread myself looking for help. I have a 9 yr old son 4th grade. He is not completing class work, and brings homework home and it takes him about 5-7 hours to finish maybe 4 pages. Everything is a reason. I am not responding with a suggestion cause I frankly dont have it, just as moral support that I will sleep tonight and think about you, cause I am in a boat that is about to sink. Hang in there, I am barely, but we in a way have to right?
God Bless you....
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Re: Successful homework strategies for ADHD or LD

Parents may find the following books helpful for their children to learn good study and homework planning skills. The books are all written by the British author Tony Buzan and are aimed at the age range 7-14. They are 1. Mind Maps for Kids : An Introduction, 2. Mind Maps for Kids : Max your Memory and Concentration, 3. Mind Maps for Kids : Study Skills.
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Re: Successful homework strategies for ADHD or LD

Has anybody found a better resource for teaching learning skills to an 11-year old? DD is at least 3 years behind in math, reading, writing, etc. so I'm looking for something this summer that will help her catch up. Adduce, are you associated with Tony Buzan?
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Parents may find the following books helpful for their children to learn good study and homework planning skills. The books are all written by the British author Tony Buzan and are aimed at the age range 7-14. They are 1. Mind Maps for Kids : An Introduction, 2. Mind Maps for Kids : Max your Memory and Concentration, 3. Mind Maps for Kids : Study Skills.
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Re: Successful homework strategies for ADHD or LD

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No. I am not affiliated with Tony Buzan in any way.

I personally have found his methods helpful in the past and have bought these books for some of the younger members of my family because there doesn't seem to be many books out there that teach study skills to kids directly.

These books (and any others in the genre of study skills/memory techniques etc.) may or may not be helpful to someone so please don't think that my recommendation was for anyone to purchase anything. Maybe do a little research online if you wanted to find out more.

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Parents may find the following books helpful for their children to learn good study and homework planning skills. The books are all written by the British author Tony Buzan and are aimed at the age range 7-14. They are 1. Mind Maps for Kids : An Introduction, 2. Mind Maps for Kids : Max your Memory and Concentration, 3. Mind Maps for Kids : Study Skills.
If anyone did have a chance to look at these study books, it would be nice to hear if you or your child found them useful at all.

This website is also useful:
www . study - skills - for - all - ages . com /

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Rose Red I know how you feel. My eight year old has a problem with doing home work. He hates to write or read. Our fight of the evening is getting it done. He does his math fine.(love math and science) if he doesn't have to read. But I have your problem with just not wanting to do it. It doesn't matter to him if he get a bad grade as long as he doesn't have to do home work. He has ask me to home school him so he want have home work at night.Good luck. We have a long way to go
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Amber ended up staying back last year. Her teacher and I thought it would be in her best interest. I didn't get her started on Strattera until early April and up until then she struggled to read. After starting her medication she was able to focus and concentrate and finally GOT IT!!!!! It was so close to the end of the year (FL - the end of MAY) that instead of making her struggle to catch up in 3rd grade she has the chance to really understand the concepts in 2nd grade.

She's always been excellent in math and truly enjoys science. Now the biggest problem is getting her to read what she's supposed to instead of just what she wants to! I never realized how much writing there really is in the world around us until she started to point it out and try read every bit of it! Good God, no wonder they're over-stimulated!

Is your son on medication yet?

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Yes he has been on Adderall for about a year. Last month his ped. changed him to Adderall XR. We tried the Strattera for two months but she took him off that. He hasn't been held back but I did move him to another school. We were in a K-6 grade school from kindergarten until last year. I moved him to a larger school where not sitting sit or going to sharpen your pencil doesn't get you ISS.His teacher last year had some issues with his condition and when you get a repatation at school nothing you do helps they treat you better.Now being at another school doesn't make him want to read or write but his self-esteem is great and he likes his teacher.Sometimes the school is the problem. I think if schools went back to recess (which we don't have at our schools here) our kids would not need so many meds. Having thirty minutes in the morning and maybe thirty in the afternoon to go outside and run would help a lot of kids. My daughters school has P.E.for thirty minutes and a fifteen minute break at 1:30 (but they have to stay inside)for a snack. Now at my son's school he has an hour for P.E. and a ten minute break at 2:00 for a snack. Neither school nor any of the schools here have what we call recess when I was in school. A looooong time ago. "grin" Maybe with lots of love and patience we will have happy kids.
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NO RECESSS!!!! WHAT!!!!???! Where is this? If my child didn't have recess he'd been expelled --from all schools in the city!! We changed schools this year because we moved , but I would've changed him even if we hadn't moved. you're right about the reputation if your kid is labeled. My son was "misuseing" the climbing sturcture one day & was banned from it for the rest of the school year, it was Jan. & school let out in June. After that he was singled out for lots of things.
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What do you think of the idea of challenging a child with ADD with inattention. I've signed my son up for advanced math. His IQ is 125 and he is very capable. Do you think this is a bad idea, perhaps this is my lack of understanding of ADD. Has anyone had success with challenging ADD children?
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Welcome Porto!

I think that all you can do is try it out. If it works, great! If not, then you just look for the next thing.

My son is also very intelligent, but does poorly in school. His inablitiy to concentrate and poor social skills make it difficult for him to tap into what's there. We now have him in a private school with very small classes and it seems to be going better.

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