homework horror
02/06/2012 at 17:06 PM

My son is in 5th grade, and has a disability in the area of communication (receptive and expressive). My problem really has to do with attitude, not learning. He has been having meltdowns at homework time. It is homework he has done before, and I know he can do it, there are times when I watch him and he does it fine. But too often he takes it out and the "I can't"s start...and then the tears come, and then it takes him hours. I have tried being supportive, talking him through it step by step, I have tried being firm "I know you can do this, I've seen you do it before". I have lost my patience and said "Just do it!" Homework that should take him 20 minutes if he would just sit and do it, is taking him an hour or more, with constant cajolling. I'm at my wits end, and can't see him possibly being able to handle middle school next year, at this rate!

Advice please?