May We Introduce You To: Homework Made Simple
by Lee Gehrls R&D Coordinator (Volunteer)
Homework is often a challenge for students with ADHD and a helpless feeling for parents. The everyday assignments are tough enough but then there are the special big assignments. You know the ones I’m talking about – the history report or the science project which now becomes a greater time management and organization challenge for your child. As parents we want to support our kids as they learn (not do the work for them) but oftentimes we don’t know how to help them get through these tough learning situations.
Homework Made Simple – Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework
Author Ann Dolin wrote a book in 2010 that still has timely answers for today’s students who have learning and attention issues. Her book allows students with ADHD and their parents to have an easier and more productive homework experience. Ms. Dolin has more than 20 years of public-school teaching behind her along with a B.A. in Child Psychology/Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities. In 1998 she founded Educational Connections Tutoring and Test Prep – https://ectutoring.com/in-home-tutoring – which is located in Fairfax, Virginia where her company has provided services to thousands of students in the Washington D.C. area. Ms. Dolin is a nationally recognized expert in her field and serves on the board of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder ) and the International Dyslexia Association. She also does presentations for parents and educators.
Here are the key features of her book:
- It’s parent/caregiver friendly, easy to read and easy to implement her suggestions.
- The information works for students ages six to 18.
- She points out the important “homework profiles” and how they impact your child and your own “parenting habits”.
- Identification of the six homework problem areas: disorganized, rushes, procrastinates, avoiding, inattentiveness (referring to ADHD), and frustrates easily.
As you read her book, you’ll see that your child might have a challenge in one area, or several areas and you will find out how you fit in as a parent. Each chapter contains charts, goals, tips, real life stories, and lots of solutions for you to draw from. Ms. Dolin even includes examples of how to respond to your child’s questions or how to start your conversation with your child which is sometimes the most difficult step for parents. The book has an easy to reference format for when you need a quick review.
One last suggestion, you may want to check out her website – https://ectutoring.com/in-home-tutoring – where she has blogs that are timely to how kids are learning right now, articles, and other resources.
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