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.
Table of Contents
- 1 Kids with learning disabilities are ABLE to learn!
- 2 Evaluate Your Child’s Learning In Three Ways
- 3 1) Determine Your Child’s Learning Style(s)
- 4 2) Obtain a Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation to Identify Neurological Deficits
- 5 3) Use the Comprehensive Evaluation to Identify Your Child’s Learning Strengths
- 6 Learning Progress begins with Knowledge of Your Child’s learning profile.