Getting to the Core of the Problem
The success for your child is what every parent wants. As a parent, your world spins out of control in more ways than one when your child struggles.. Especially when it's for reasons you don't understand. Now, the first thing for you to do is to relax and take a deep breath. It isn't always easy to improve your child's learning ability, but it's surprisingly simple to at least identify what problems need to be addressed. That's the most important part: getting to the core of the problem. What exactly is the reason for the poor academic performance?
Take a deep breath. Getting on the right track is actually easy. If you know where to look. It's surprisingly simple to at least identify what problems need to be addressed. That's the most important part: getting to the core of the problem. Finding the reason for the poor academic performance?
Here are three tests you can do at home to identify where your child's learning weakness lies.
Testing the Senses
Visual Processing System
Check if your child is weak in visual processing. You can test this by holding a pencil up in front of your child's eyes and moving it slowly back and forth so your child can follow the pencil with their eyes. Now, watch those eyes. Are they moving back and forth smoothly, or are they moving in an erratic fashion? This can let you know what your child's eyes are doing when asked to do school work. If they are not moving smoothly, then reading and school work will also be difficult. Letters may jump around. Work may be sloppy. Your child may fatigue or get headaches.
The above is a test for visual tracking. Other visual micro-skills include visual memory, visual discrimination, visual closure, and visual form constancy. All of these comprise the visual processing system. A weakness in any will lead to academic difficulties. Even a child who is not exhibiting problems can benefit from strengthening these systems.
Auditory Processing System
Another system that should be checked is the auditory processing system. Here's an easy test: say four unrelated words to your child. Ask them to repeat the words to you. Were they all correct? This could show that your child has problems with comprehending
Say four unrelated words to your child. Ask them to repeat the words to you. Were they all correct? Try this a few times. Is it difficult?This could show that your child has problems with comprehending.
This could show that your child has problems with comprehending information they hear, but don't see. You can also see if your child has trouble alphabetizing words or a difficult time following directions. These are all indications that the auditory system is in distress.
Causes for this could be an auditory discrimination problem, an auditory memory problem, an auditory closure problem, or more likely, a combination of all three. It has just been in the last 10 years that auditory processing was a possible underlying cause of dyslexia or dyslexia like problems such as dyscalculia or dysgraphia.
Fortunately, these can be strengthened as well. With a little work.
The Kinesthetic System
The last potential weakness to consider is the kinesthetic system, which is part of tactile learning. Check if your child's writing is
Check your child's writing. Check if it is legible. check if words are spelled correctly and spaced evenly apart. Focus on the details of the writing -- are the capital letters larger than the small letters? Is the handwriting very small or very large? These can be symptoms of kinesthetic problems. Does your child often show awkwardness in social settings? It's possible that your child may have trouble learning through demonstration.
Did your child have difficulty learning to tie their shoes? Learning left and right? Learning certain coordination exercises? These all have roots in the kinesthetic system.
Does your child often show awkwardness in social settings? It's possible that your child may have trouble learning through demonstration. This would be a difficulty translating visual system inputs into kinesthetic system. Or, in other words, a problem with the learning systems working together. Which is where most difficulties actually are.
What to do now.
Despite the instinct to simply tell your child to "try harder" in these areas, it usually doesn't get the job done. In many cases, they might believe they are trying harder. And, frankly, they probably want to do well in school, too. You can help them. By identifying what their weakness is, it's important to find
You can help them. By identifying what their weakness is, and working on it with them.
By identifying what their weakness is ,and then using micro-skill exercises to strengthen it. It's actually important to work all of the micro-skills. They work together and even working those that your child is strong in can be very helpful. It can cause them to use that strength in other areas.
There are a few schools in the US that have on staff occupational therapists that are trained in this area. Unfortunately, these schools are few and far in between. And even if you have access to such a school the occupational therapists are not able to do much one one one with your child. Because of time constraints they have to work in a group setting and can't really focus on each child's needs individually. Fortunately, now that this information is easily available, this can be done at home very easily with a program that develops the micro-skills such as the Learning Success System
Learning difficulties can be a devastating life sentence. They don't have to be. Good parenting can get a child through it and teach them to excel.
Setting your child up for success is one of the essentials of parenting. That starts with understanding the problem so you can get on track to fix it.
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