5 Simple Steps to Try During Homework Time Tonight
This may require a box or step stool under their feet, but it will provide stability and increase body awareness. Kids often wiggle and move in their chair when they do not have enough strength or support to maintain their posture. Their big muscles need to be fully supported so they can recruit the tiny muscles in the hand for writing.
2. Create a designated homework spot.
When your child sits down they can associate this spot with being focused and attentive.
3. Add movement whenever possible. Our kids have been sitting at school controlling their bodies all day!
Provide the child with opportunities to move as much as possible to enhance their attention. For example, doing jumping jacks after finishing 5 math problems, bear crawling down the hallway and back after finishing a work sheet, or catching a ball while saying sight words or spelling words are great ideas. Although it may seem like it would take more time to do the exercises, it increases their attention and level of arousal therefore making their performance better and more efficient.
4. Have a quiet and clean space.
Set your child up for success. Eliminate extraneous noises from siblings or television. Other items on the table might provide as a distraction to delay homework time as well.
5. Stay calm.
Completing school work at home should enhance your child's education. It is an opportunity to carry over learning from school while in a safe and supported environment. Utilize positive encouragement to increase their confidence and skill retention.
Allison Travnik, MS OTR/L
BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy
If homework continues to be a struggle, feel free to schedule a free consultation with a BDI Playhouse therapist. We can help you determine whether there are additional strategies, specific to your child, that might be helpful. Call 708-478-1820 or fill out the online form on our screenings page to schedule a free screening/consultation in Orland Park or Naperville.