Local Health Alert: Behavioral health specialist provides tips to prevent student “homework woes”

Local Health Alert

BARTLETT, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – “Homework woes are not only woes for the child, who is in the trenches of the new school year, but the parents as well,” says Jason McCown with St. Francis Hospital. 

With summer in the rear-view, homework time is back.

We sat down with McCown who works in the behavioral health department at St. Francis Hospital. He says the best way to ward off those woes, is for parents to listen to their children.

“Parents need to pay attention to how their child learns and help them to figure out what the best modality may be,” he says. 

Once you get an idea of how your child learns and retains new material, you can more effectively help when it’s time to hit the books. 

Now, that doesn’t mean completing your child’s homework yourself.As McCown says, teachers provide homework for a reason – for your child to learn the material in class and then apply the information on his own, at home, so he or she can retain it.

McCown says a child’s ability to focus on homework also relies on your child’s work environment.

He or she should work in a designated quiet, isolated space with minimal distractions, so it’s better to shut off the phone and TV.

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