Stop the Homework Battle and Get Your Confident Child Back


This is my, “I hate homework face!”  

If homework is a battle in your home, you probably see some version of this face on a fairly regular basis at homework time, though I’m guessing it’s not this orange!

Parents just like you, exhausted by the struggles with homework and the worry over their child’s plummeting self-esteem tell me repeatedly, “I just want my confident child back.”

When your bright child comes home from school and spends hours and hours at the kitchen table avoiding, arguing, or crying over homework, it is frustrating and confusing.  How can a child who seems so bright and talented in some areas, just crash and burn when it comes to school and homework?

The skills needed for learning can be placed on a continuum:

At school, kids are working in the top two tiers of the continuum learning reading, writing, spelling, math and all the different subject areas.  But there are whole sets of underlying skills that have to be in place in order to learn efficiently at the top of the continuum.  If you have weak underlying skills, you may have trouble paying attention and you may have to work harder or longer than expected, even though you’re smart and even if you’re motivated.

What are the results of working hard and getting poor grades anyway?

Of spending hours and hours on homework while all your friends are done and outside playing?

Of doing homework until 9:30 or 10 at night with only a break for dinner?

It’s the “I hate homework face!”  Not to mention the loss of confidence and self-esteem.

But, Parents, there is HOPE!

It is a common belief that children and adults with a learning disability or dyslexia just need to learn to live with it – to find ways around it, but this is simply is not true.  

The brain plasticity research in the last 30 years tells us that with intensive and targeted brain training, the brain can literally rewire itself.

If we want to correct a learning challenge, we have to Identify the underlying skills that are not supporting the learner well enough and develop them through intensive and targeted brain training.  This is not going to happen at school or with traditional tutoring.  These work at the top of the continuum.

Specialized therapies – speech therapy, occupational therapy, vision therapy – are all helpful.  Where they fall short is that they generally work with only one aspect of the continuum, so students are getting only a part of what they probably need.  What these specialized therapies don’t do is work with the full range of skills on the continuum.

At SLC, we identify and develop the weak underlying skills anywhere on the continuum that are causing the student to struggle and remediate the affected academic skills so that our student can become confident independent learners.

At SLC, we offer families real solutions to learning and attention challenges.  Over the last 30 years, we have brought the research and techniques of so many brilliant minds in the field together into a system the gives consistent, repeatable results.

In our years of taking our 12 year old son to a mix of therapies, schools and Learning Centers, we’ve seen varying degrees of the two: some with more knowledge than compassion, and some with more compassion than knowledge. SLC, on the other hand, seems to have a profound depth- and breadth- of both. No wonder our son is soaring! Thank you, SLC! Love, The Everfree-Gray Family


Do you or someone you know struggle at work or school? While there are no simple, overnight solutions, most learning and attention challenges, including Auditory Processing Disorder, can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through targeted brain training and academic remediation.  For more information:


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“Helping smart but struggling students dramatically improve or completely correct their learning and attention challenges by developing the underlying learning skills that are not supporting the learner well enough.”

We serve children and adults with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning and attention challenges including learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.


Jill Stowell, M.S.

Author:  At Wit’s End A Parent’s Guide to Ending the Struggle Tears, and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities

Founder and Executive Director – Stowell Learning Centers

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