Thursday, October 27, 2011

Making Homework Simple

Today's guest blog is by Ann Dolin, MEd.

Helping with homework can be a humbling experience, and this is especially true when you are the parent of a child with ADHD. All too often, parents find themselves cast in the role of the nightly homework police, and the divide this role creates can be one of the most painful aspects of parenting.

My presentation during CHADD’s Annual International Conference on ADHD in Orlando this November will bring you proven solutions for even the most challenging homework issues.

In this workshop, parents and professionals will learn specific strategies for each of the common, yet challenging homework profiles that students present when pressured by homework. They are:

o The Disorganized
o The Rusher
o The Procrastinator
o The Avoider
o The Inattentive
o The Easy Frustrated

Novel strategies to address each issue will be shared. These include:

• Easy solutions for setting up the Simple Solution binder system, including an accordion file and one dedicated homework folder.
• Identifying optimal homework spaces (there should be more than one!) and organizing portable materials.
• Simple tips for encouraging students to record their assignments accurately whether it be a paper assignment notebook or one of the cutting-edge electronic calendars.
• Prioritizing, planning, and managing long-term assignments. Quite often, students with ADHD have great difficulty breaking down large tasks into smaller increments.
• Ways to reduce procrastination and eliminate last-minute stress by using a timer, study groups, and other self-regulation strategies.
• Novel study skills for academic success such as easy note-taking ideas, using color for comprehension, creating study guides, and proofreading strategies.
• Strategies to encourage on-task behavior such as the use of the Tangle Jr., Wikki Stix, timers, and software.
• Solutions for finding the balance between helping too much and not enough.
• And for educators, best practices for assigning homework to ADHD students.

Above all, participants will learn how to help children do the most important things when it comes to homework – focusing and finishing!

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 12th from 3:30 to 5:00. This workshop is DEFINITELY worth staying for until the end of the day!

Most sincerely,

Ann Dolin, MEd

A recognized expert in education and learning disability issues, Ann Dolin, MEd, sits on the board of CHADD of Northern Virginia and the International Dyslexia Association. She is the author of Homework Made Simple — Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework.


aalrea said...

I am so glad that there is help out there, well that is if you have money. These blogs do not help me all they do is just confirm the fact with out money you are a no body.

aalrea said...

So where can you find this information if you can't afford to go to these conferences? I am glad there is help out there but it seems as though no one wants to help you out unless you have $.

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