Science homework and meltdowns.

anyone who has parented teenage boys will know getting them to do their homework is never and easy task and when they have Aspergers oh boy that puts a whole new spin on things.

last year when Matt was attending the Ftee Catholic School they were very understanding about homework and realised that a full day of school was a big enough challenge without having to go home and do homework too. Indeed Matt often falls asleep as soon as he comes in from school, I can only imagine this is because he has had to work so hard at fitting in all day long plus two stressful bus journeys there and back. Unfortunately Matt’s science teacher gives homework and the school issues punishments by degrees known as C1 C2 andC3 C3 being detention. Now both my boys are very nervous about receiving any of these punishments and they see them as a threat held over them for any misdemeanour. Matt was set science homework which he clearly couldn’t manage, he brought it home and fretted about it for days until yesterday when he completely lost it-lying prostate on the sofa refusing any help and thrashing his limbs around he had lost the plot.

When teachers set homework I appreciate they have to give it to the whole class but sometimes reasonable adjustment needs to be made ( difficult for time strapped teachers)

this morning I sent in a note explaining the above but guess what Matt didn’t hand it to the teacher and he didn’t get a punishment because the teacher had forgotten to give him the worksheet!!!!

so a meltdown for nothing .. And still no homework done and we still have to pick up the pieces


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