School is tough - Smart shortcuts to get through homework.

"Completing homework and assignments can be stressful and a HUGE CHALLENGE", says Charlotte Lau, "especially for students who have a language disorder and have difficulty learning and using spoken language."


Completing homework and assignments can be stressful and a HUGE CHALLENGE, especially for students who have a language disorder and have difficulty learning and using spoken language. This can impact on their ability to complete written and spoken tasks at school. This includes completing assignments and homework. 

Continuous difficulty with learning at school, especially in the upper primary and high school years, can result in disengagement in learning and can impact on a child’s emotional and social well-being.  

If you can remove one smaller challenge, it will make it easier for your child to complete a task they find really difficult. Here are some ideas: 

Instead of drawing...print.

If your child is not great at drawing and their assignment involves diagrams or images, why not have them create one on the computer or choose and print images from the internet.

Instead of writing...type.

If your child struggles with spelling, they could type their work on the computer. This will remove the need for checking their spelling (with the help of spell check) so they can focus on formulating the content instead. They can copy the text onto a piece of paper afterwards. 

Instead of using paper and pencil...use magnetic letters.

If your child enjoys what they are doing, they are more likely to remember what they are being taught. If they are learning to spell, use magnetic letters or write them in sand, with chalk or in foam. Homework becomes more fun!

Instead of completing the assignment in one go...break it up into manageable parts. 

Help your child create a plan, especially when it is a huge assignment that they have to complete. When you break it up in the smaller and more manageable parts, it makes a task less daunting and more achievable.  

Create a work schedule with smaller tasks (e.g., for a speech task - Monday RESEARCH night, Tuesday PLANNING night, Wednesday WRITING night, Thursday REHEARSAL night, Friday DUE day). 

How a Speech Pathologist can help.

A speech pathologist can assess your child’s spoken and written language skills using standardized assessments and observations. 

Based on these findings, the speech pathologist will target specific skill areas. This may include: 

  • Vocabulary
  • Written expression
  • Reading comprehension
  • Understanding concepts 

In addition, a speech pathologist will work closely together with your child’s classroom teacher to better help your child understand and access the school curriculum. 

Charlotte Lau
is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
02 8065 1197

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