Homework and Projects

Homework presents especially tough challenges for children with DCD.

Why is homework challenging?

Fatigue: Children with DCD use more energy at school on motor tasks than other children and are often very tired at the end of the day.

Greater amounts of homework: Due to their slower pace in completing tasks, children with DCD often bring home tasks they did not complete in school, as well as their assigned homework.

Homework often focuses on the end product rather than on the learning: Rather than focusing on the child’s strengths, like generating ideas, reading and discussion, homework usually requires fine motor tasks like cutting, drawing, writing out spelling words, and completing worksheets.

Planning difficulties: Children with DCD may become easily overwhelmed by a project and may not know how to break it down into simpler steps or how to get started.