All parents should take an active and engaged role in their children’s education, but doing so can be challenging, especially if you already feel like there are not enough hours in the day. If you have a child with special needs, it is particularly important to follow his or her academic progress because at the end of the day, it is up to you to serve as your child’s education advocate.
Helping your children with their homework is one of the easiest ways to participate in their education, and it will give you the opportunity to determine if they are on track academically. If one of your children has an Individualized Education Program, helping with homework will also allow you to make sure school administrators and teachers are following it.
If your child has special needs and you think his or her school is not providing reasonable accommodations, contact the Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar. Mr. Nachbar can evaluate your situation, answer your questions, and help you protect your child’s rights. Call 973-567-0954 to schedule a consultation with a special needs lawyer in New Jersey.
Read on to learn a few homework tips that will help you ensure your child succeeds academically:
- Maintain Momentum by Starting Early
Your child will likely need a break after school, but Scholastic.com encourages parents to get started on homework as soon as possible. After having a snack and talking about his or her day, go over the assignments with your child, and then tackle them together one at a time.
If you wait until after dinner to start homework, chances are it will be much harder to get your child to focus. Since children with special needs thrive when they have a structured routine, try to start homework at around the same time every day.
- Know the Teachers
Attend all school functions, and make it a point to get to know your children’s educators so you have a better understanding of what they are looking for when it comes to homework assignments. Ask about homework policies during parent-teacher conferences, and see if the teachers have any additional tips for getting involved.
- Limit Distractions
Do not have the TV or music on in the background during homework time. A quiet setting with few distractions is the best place in which to complete school assignments.
- Praise Their Efforts
When your child gets a problem right on the first try or brings home a test with a good grade, praise his or her efforts. Children need positive attention just as much as they need discipline, but it is easy for parents to fall into the habit of pointing out when children do something wrong but failing to acknowledge when they do something right.
- Seek Extra Help
You should help your children get organized and stay motivated when it comes to completing homework assignments, but you should not actually do the work for them. If your child is struggling, it could be a sign that the IEP is not working. Seek extra help as needed to ensure your child does not fall behind academically.
If your child is struggling because of an inadequate education plan, contact the Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar. Mr. Nachbar is a special needs attorney in New Jersey who has extensive experience representing families with special needs children. Call 973-567-0954 to schedule a consultation.