The Dread Of Homework

Another summer is almost over and our children are excited to see their friends at school again…but who likes the thought of doing homework? Ugh! But for some kids, the stress and anxiety of dealing with schoolwork go beyond what most experience. The dread they feel can be paralyzing and may manifest in several different ways as each child is unique in how they express their frustration and uneasiness.


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As a parent, maybe you dread the start of school as well. The constant battle to keep your child focused on doing their homework can be exhausting. Do any of these scenarios happen in your home:

  • Your child either says they don’t have any homework, or they can’t remember.
  • They leave their homework or books at school.
  • It takes your child 2-3 hours to complete one homework assignment.
  • You assume your child is working on an assignment, but when you walk in the room they are talking to their pen or pencil and they haven’t finished the math problem you saw them working on an hour before.
  • The homework is all completed but they forget to take it to school.
  • They can verbalize the concepts taught in class, but when they sit down and open a book they can’t seem to work out the simplest of problems.
  • Your child completes their homework, takes the homework to school, but forgets to hand the homework to the teacher.
  • You have taken away all their privileges and entertainment, and no matter what you do, they still can’t remember to do all their homework or turn it in.
  • You are tired of yelling at your child to do their homework and they are frustrated as well.
  • You have a battle every night over school work.
  • Your child becomes withdrawn and loses interest in school.
  • As a parent, you can’t tell if they are deliberately avoiding homework or they sincerely are occupied with other thoughts.
  • You look into your child’s eyes and see their feelings of helplessness.
  • Tests are returned with low grades though you know they have a strong grasp of the material.
  • Do you receive notes from the teacher indicating your child is a “daydreamer”, “unfocused”, “doesn’t pay attention” or can not complete tests or assignments in the allotted time during class?

Some of these moments can be quite humorous yet after awhile, the reality is you know your child is struggling. No parent wants to see their beloved child struggle in anything, but the school years tend to be the hardest to watch. We wonder if they will continue to battle through adulthood. Will they be able to go to college? What kind of job could they have? Or maybe we think our child just does not care or isn’t trying.

As a parent, it can be insanely frustrating to constantly have to remind them to stay focused on their homework or to turn it in. You think that after telling them every day they would remember, yet every May you realize another year has gone by and the same battles are still being fought.

Have you considered that perhaps your child isn’t defiant or lazy but that the connections in their brain are experiencing some abnormalities?

Children with ADHD, Autism, or Aspergers will exhibit most of the signs from above. Typically a doctor will prescribe medication to help them perform in school, yet what if there was a way, that is nonevasive and requires no medication, for your child to increase their productivity that was generally 1.5-2x more effective than the popular medications?


We have learned so much about brain function that it is now well-known that underconnectivity, dysregulated brainwaves and other neural connectivity abnormalities lead to autistic or ADHD symptoms. What your child may be experiencing is a simple disconnect in how the brain communicates with itself. The good news is that this is common and very easy to treat!

Within the neurofeedback industry, studies are revealing the wonderful responses children with learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD, and Aspergers are having.

Think of it like your screen door on the back porch. When lined up correctly it moves effortlessly back and forth on the track, opening and closing with a slight push of your pinky finger. But the slightest bump can offset that screen door just a little bit and the next thing you know you are fighting and cursing at a screen door that will hardly budge when it was working a moment before. With a little patience, sometimes a tap in the right place is all that is needed to set it back on a smooth track.


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What LENS therapy does is learn what parts of the brain need a little “tap” to allow the neurons to work in normal patterns and in an organized fashion. It stabilizes brain function allowing your child to focus, think, and communicate with a lot less effort.

As with any therapy, each individual responds differently. We find that a minimum of 10 sessions is recommended for the most benefit, but we will develop an individualized program for your child. We start by mapping the brain to understand how it is communicating and where there might be some “hiccups”. LENS is perfect for children because the only thing required during a treatment is sitting in a chair (or stand if you want). It is painless and is conducted through electrodes the size of a dime placed on their head.

We offer FREE consultations and would love to opportunity to help you and your child have the most successful school year ever! For more information:

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At Harmonized Brain Centers we focus on Low Energy Neurofeedback (LENS) Therapy to support our clients. Interested in knowing more about brain health or how we can help you?  Visit our website or call us at  719-661-6422 and we will be happy to discuss how we can help you with the health and function of your brain.

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