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Old 02-19-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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I agree I would suggest that the child's parents talk with the Dr. about the attention concern, it is clear that it is a problem at home...even if she does not want to talk about it.

I would suggest that the parent set up a table for homework and a daily routine. Come in quick snack and drink. Sit in the homework spot to do homework. Set the timer for 15-20 minutes and in that amount of time homework should be done. If the homework is done the child gets a sticker for a simple reward (extra computer time...) if the child does not get the work done, homework time is over there is no sticker and a consequence at school even if it is just teacher dissapointment. Suggest the child needs to get 5 stickers in a row. That will help the child not think if they fail Monday the rest of the week is a failure...the reward is just pushed back a day.

Another suggestion see if the parent can find someone to help the child with homework--neighbor, family member in the area, high-school student. I remember working with my adult cousin across the street to help with homework, sometimes kids do better with someone else and it helps lower the fights at home. The one draw back is this could cost money...depends on the person. You might be able to sell it as "community service" to a high school student.

Finally, if the battle continues is there a way that the child could get 15-20 minutes of help in the morning or during independent work that s/he could work with a volunteer, TA, or other teacher at the school to get HW done. My team is doing this for a set of twins at our school and the mother is so grateful she does not have to deal with the battle and can enjoy the time with her boys. This little effort could really help your relationship with mom in the long run.

Just a few thoughts...I hope that something works out.
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