The real business of setting up routines for the school year can now begin, now that the beginning of the year with a few days then a few days off is past.
For many, the homework wars will commence. This is where routine will be your ally. Each kid is different, some need time to decompress after a day of being "on" and so after dinner may be the best time for this type of child. Others become less able to cope with performance demands as the day wears on, this type of child may do better with homework being scheduled immediately after school. Some kids may do better doing homework AT school, many after school programs have homework clubs. You know your child best and the needs of other family members must also be considered. For many kids on the spectrum, having homework expectations modified can be included in the IEP.
Having a set place and time for homework to be done will also be helpful. Assemble a homework box, buy a file box and fill it with all the tools your child may need to complete homework. Pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers, various types of paper, ruler, erasers, glue sticks, etc etc. That way everything will be in one place and you eliminate the house wide hunt for what they need. Be sure that the place you chose for homework to be done is free of distractions, no TV, video games, noise from other activities of the family. This establishes good study habits. Many will set a specific number of minutes and when the child has worked that number of minutes, homework ends. A time timer may help your child stay on task if they see an end in sight.
Modeling by doing your own "homework", paying bills, taking time to read or write letters while your child is working, keeps you in close reach for assistance and allows you to monitor his or her progress. It also allows you to say "we're not finished yet" or "we're almost done" and makes it less reproachful than " YOU aren't finished yet" .
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Have a great week.