Research shows that it takes 3 times as long for a student with ADHD to do the same piece of work at home as in school. The school day alone can be exhausting for pupils with SEND and then they might be expected to attend clubs, interact with family, eat their meal AND complete their homework when they get home. Are we expecting too much?

The result could be detrimental to their mental health:

“I think it’s disadvantaging more in terms of self-esteem and attitude, because when they go in next day, they haven’t been able to do the same thing in the same way as other people, and they’re often getting penalised for it.”

Fintan O’Regan

In this episode Fintan O’Regan, one of the leading Behaviour and Learning specialists in the UK, discusses homework and issues relating to pupils with SEND. Is the risk worth the return when it comes to children with SEND? In this podcast we consider a range of alternative options to complete schoolwork, listen to hear some innovative ways of approaching homework with your pupils.

About Fintan O’Regan

Fintan was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD.

He is an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and the former Vice Chairman of the UK ADHD Network and of the European ADHD Alliance.

Fintan now works as trainer and consultant for schools and school support systems including, Social Services, Health, the Police and Foster carers with regards to providing behaviour management strategies for children and families struggling with SEND and behaviour issues. 

Contact Fintan O’Regan

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Twitter – @fintanoregan

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