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Jimmie had slowly been falling further and further behind in school. His reading level was already behind his peers and at this rate would be lower than required to move to the next grade level very soon. The school was suggesting an IEP but his mother Janice knew that would only kill what little bit of confidence Jimmie still had. That was the last thing she wanted.

 

Yet she knew that without some sort of change failing a grade was inevitable. He had barely squeaked by third grade. The next year was sure to be worse. Janice was fearful for his future She had tried over and over to help him with extra practice. She had hired tutors. She had even spent months driving him to the learning center 30 minutes away.

 

Nothing seemed to help.

 

Until she finally stumbled on a clue. Jimmie had always fatigued quickly. He had difficulty reading and sometimes complained of headaches or stomach aches. Janice had thought they were diversion tactics. They always happened around homework time. Turned out they were real. Jimmie was having a problem with visual tracking. One of the micro-skills needed for reading. When a child isn't doing well, there are some surprisingly simple tests a parent can do to hone in on the problem.

 

Once Janice figured this out she did simple exercises found in the Learning Success System and corrected the visual tracking issue. For good measure she worked the other micro-skills as well and found that over time Jimmie found learning easier and he actually developed an eagerness for school. His confidence boomed.

 

Many parents find themselves where Janice was. It can be extremely frustrating and if the right answer isn't found those years of stress eventually lead to heartache.

 

Yet, narrowing down the cause is surprisingly easy. When a child isn't doing well, there are some surprisingly simple tests a parent can do to hone in on the problem. Once a general understanding is gained diving deeper into a solution is possible.

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.

It's surprisingly simple to identify what problems need to be addressed.

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

Key Takeaways:

1
It's easy to feel out of control when your child is struggling, but stay focused.
2
Test the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic systems to identify your child's weakness.
3
Do exercises and activities to strengthen those learning weaknesses.

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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