The #1 Requirement to Create Your Child’s Educational Success Story

 

Learning Abled Kids' Owner

Kids with learning disabilities are ABLE to learn!

If YOU can use the information below to figure out HOW your child learns, you can turn your child’s schooling into a success story. 

One of the criteria for a learning disability is that a child must have a normal or above normal IQ.  In other words, your child must be able to learn to be diagnosed with a learning disability.

As an Instructional Designer, Homeschooling Mom, and Educational Success Story Coach, I’d like to share with you the NUMBER ONE thing you can do to help your child learn:

Evaluate Your Child’s Learning In Three Ways

That’s the #1 piece of your child’s learning puzzle.

1) Determine Your Child’s Learning Style(s)

You need to know your child’s learning preferences, also called a “learning style,” to know how to best teach your child.

There are several learning styles models which can be used to consider different ways your child learns.  Some involve the five senses, the environment, or personal strengths.

Read about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the Dunn & Dunn Learning Styles, and VAKT (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic/Tactile) learning styles. Each of these learning styles models can provide valuable information about how your child will learn best.

2) Obtain a Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation to Identify Neurological Deficits

While you can assess your child’s learning styles yourself, if your child has specific learning disabilities, then he has some neurological difficulties that need to be identified before you can build a good program for your child.

For example, your child may have a deficit in working memory.  There are brain training programs you can use to strengthen his working memory.  If you haven’t had an evaluation, you won’t know if your child has a working memory issue.

Other neurological deficits that can significantly affect your child’s learning include a slow processing speed, visual-perceptual deficits, auditory processing disorder, executive function deficits, etc.

The main point here is that you will not know what areas of need your child has without a thorough evaluation.

On the positive side of having a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, you will also learn about your child’s learning strengths.

3) Use the Comprehensive Evaluation to Identify Your Child’s Learning Strengths

Once you’ve had a comprehensive evaluation, you can go through your report to identify your child’s learning strengths. When you have identified your child’s learning strengths, match them with your child’s preferred learning style to pick curricula that will match your child’s learning needs.

Teaching towards your child’s strengths and learning style will help your child remember more of what he is taught, and that usually means improved learning progress.

Learning Progress begins with Knowledge of Your Child’s learning profile.

If you KNOW, without guessing, what your child’s learning style is and his/her learning strengths, you can use those to teach your child both academic skills and informational content.

Using your child’s strengths when teaching remedial skills in reading, writing, and math can make a HUGE difference in whether your child progresses academically or not.

The other HUGE KEY is NOT to ignore the neurological deficits.  You can use brain training programs, memory and speed-based games, and other programs to help strengthen those areas where your child’s neurological processing is weak.   Many schools and people totally ignore the critical underlying neurological processes that are foundational to learning.

We have to STOP thinking of evaluations as a way to “label” a child and START thinking of it as a key to understanding a child’s learning needs, strengths, and as a way of revealing how to help a child along a path to educational success!

When you’re armed with the information provided through evaluations, you can begin to build a program that will truly work for your child.

  7 Responses to “The #1 Requirement to Create Your Child’s Educational Success Story”

  1. Love the page! I saw your comment on my page which moved me to look at your page and realized you have a lot of helpful and impactive information here. Thank you.

    I will do as you suggested under your Notes tab and sign up for the newsletter so I don’t miss anything. I am going to augment your letter and use it too – it was a great idea.

  2. Hello:
    My daughter has an iep from school. She was in special Ed all year last yr n I don’t feel she has improved.
    She’s entering 6th grade but
    Only at a 4th grade bc of her language arts disability n her add.
    I am going to home
    School her this yr. She’s audio impaired. What home school program and
    Circulum would you recommend? Thank You in advance

    • Truthfully, recommending a homeschool program or curriculum that would be well-suited to your daughter is difficult because there are many factors that must be taken into account when selecting a program. Most important to selecting a program for your child is consideration of her learning style and learning strengths. Have you had a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to *know* the most effective learning pathway for your daughter? If she’s hearing impaired, then an audio program would not work, so you’ll likely need to pick a hands-on, text-based, or highly visual program depending upon what type of memory is strongest for your daughter. Aside from teaching towards her strongest cognitive pathway, teaching towards her preferred learning style is next best, followed by a full multi-sensory approach to teaching. Depending upon the avenue you chose for teaching, you can then search for programs that teach in the desired manner. Keep in mind too, most homeschooling curricula is quite similar to traditional curricula–it’s books, tests, worksheets, etc., so you really can select from any learning program available on the market that matches your daughter’s specific learning needs. I hope that helps some! I realize it isn’t the specific, “tell me what to buy” type of answer most people are seeking, but it is impossible to tell anyone what the best program is for an individual child without knowing that child well and/or referring to a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation and learning styles assessment. In any case, WELCOME to homeschooling!! I pray you find the PERFECT program to use with your daughter and that homeschooling brings great success to you. Happy Homeschooling!

  3. Hi. Could you give me some good recommendations for science curriculum. I am homeschooling 4 kids, 3 have dyslexia, auditory processing issues, and 1 with executive dysfunction. Thanks.

  4. I would love some recommendations as I am getting ready to home school my 3 autistic children starting this next year. My big issue right now is on the required testing at the end of every three years as required by the state of Georgia. I can not seem to get anyone to help direct me to this type of information and although I feel like I can be successful in teaching them I am concerned that if I do not find this information I will be in trouble. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Hi Jessilynn, The testing requirement can be fulfilled by you or anyone else you can find to administer a test. Typically homeschoolers use the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) or the Stanford-10. Many of the homeschooling co-ops offer testing services each year, so if you join a group in your area, they can probably tell you who does testing in your area. If you plan to test your own children, you have to have a B.S. Degree, and you can get the tests from https://www.bjupress.com/testing/. Hope that helps!

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