More homework frustration for my son with #Autism 

Both boys had a good day at school but Elliott’s a bit frustrated over his homework for the week. Homework proves to be a struggle when he has four days in which to do it. I’ve written about this countless times. 

Elliott is frustrated because it’s a short school week and yet they’re given the same amount of homework to do. 

I can understand his frustration and I’m not quite sure of the logic that goes into the decision to do this. If homework is a problem on a full week, why not reduce the amount proportionally on a short week?

That seems reasonable to me, because I know Elliott’s far from the only one who struggles with homework in his class. 



We’ll help Elliott to get as much done as he can but it’s not worth distressing him the point of a meltdown. Elliott’s way ahead of his class and his last report card was the equivalent of straight A’s. I’m not worried about him academically.. 

That said, we are going to make an honest effort to get this done. 

I’m so over this whole homework thing though and counting the days until I don’t have to worry about it for the summer. 



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While I understand the logic in Elliott questioning the amount of homework for the shortened week, I think you might be doing him a disservice by thinking that homework isn’t a huge deal because he’s doing well academically. At some point, the boys are going to leave their school and more will be expected of them. It may not happen until they reach college, but it will happen. If Elliott isn’t given the tools to learn how to buckle down and do the work now, how will he ever be expected to make it beyond the walls of their current… Read more »

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Kim nailed this one. It is fantastic that Elliot is doing well academically. His intelligence has and will serve him well. But in a way, that makes the fact that he struggles to get homework done all the more unfortunate, since it’s in no way about the concepts. It’s about focusing, executive planning, or whatever specfic challenge(s) he may have. But just as some kids need homework to reinforce the concepts they learn, Elliot needs it to simply learn how to be able to sit and complete the task at hand. I would take it even further than Kim did… Read more »

kimmy gebhardt
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kimmy gebhardt

While I understand the logic in Elliott questioning the amount of homework for the shortened week, I think you might be doing him a disservice by thinking that homework isn’t a huge deal because he’s doing well academically. At some point, the boys are going to leave their school and more will be expected of them. It may not happen until they reach college, but it will happen. If Elliott isn’t given the tools to learn how to buckle down and do the work now, how will he ever be expected to make it beyond the walls of their current… Read more »

Jimmy Rock
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Jimmy Rock

Kim nailed this one. It is fantastic that Elliot is doing well academically. His intelligence has and will serve him well. But in a way, that makes the fact that he struggles to get homework done all the more unfortunate, since it’s in no way about the concepts. It’s about focusing, executive planning, or whatever specfic challenge(s) he may have. But just as some kids need homework to reinforce the concepts they learn, Elliot needs it to simply learn how to be able to sit and complete the task at hand. I would take it even further than Kim did… Read more »