How to help a child or student with a learning difficulty such as Dyslexia or ADHD.
Helping a young primary school student with a Specific Learning Disorder can be a challenge.
It is a common scenario in a classroom that an intelligent, well-mannered student that always does their very best has an undiagnosed learning difficulty.
Teachers often don’t notice a child is struggling academically until they assess children’s literacy and numeracy ability.
In some cases formal assessments don’t happen until Term 2!
About our Learning Difficulties Manual.
The specialist staff at Focused Education have compiled the following Learning Difficulties Guide for parents, teachers and principals. Our clinicians and specialist teaching staff at our Learning Difficulties Clinic hope it helps.
How classroom teachers can help students at their school that have a learning disorder.
Modern Teaching should always develop the knowledge and skills of students with a learning difficulty and their teachers. Better teachers can identify the signs and symptoms of child that may have a neurodevelopmental disorder that result in problems with academic tasks. Helping a child could be as simple as informing their parents at an early stage that your child needs to be tested by an accredited Educational Psychologist.
How Principals and Vice Principals can help classroom teachers improve teaching practice.
Developing a Whole School Plan for helping children with learning disorders is important. Professionally developing and training teaching staff and Educational Assistants about neurological conditions such as ADHD or Autism is crucial. Additionally, school personnel should learn about and understand Specific Learning Disorders. Knowing what Specific Learning Disorder characteristics to look for in a child experiencing Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia could save children from years of heartache.
How Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators/teachers can help kids with learning difficulties.
Literacy and Numeracy Coordinators are ideally placed to help kids with a learning disorder quickly and effectively. Parents of children with a learning difficulty often tell us that their child missed out on being diagnosed with Dyslexia due to the school not understanding how to identify Specific Learning Disorders. Western Australian schools should have an educational assessment process of quickly identifying children at educational risk. After determining that there is a potential educational problem, the best course of action is to inform the parents that their child would benefit from seeing an Educational Psychologist.
What to do if your child is struggling with undiagnosed learning difficulties.
If your child has been struggling with specific aspects of school such as reading and writing it is important to ask the following questions:
1. Has the academic deficit always been a problem since pre-primary or Grade 1?
2. Is there a family member with a diagnosed Specific Learning Disorder such as Dyslexia?
3. Has my child experienced difficulty with developmental milestones such as delayed Speech and Language?
4. Does my child have difficulty identifying sounds of letters or vowel sounds within words?
5. Does my child have problems remembering or understanding Maths Facts ?
We assess, treat and support children with Learning Difficulties at our Perth-based clinic.
If you feel that a formal assessment of a Specific Learning Difficulty is needed or just need specialist tutoring and advice, Focused Education can help your child. Our expert team provides Learning Difficulty Services to families in the Perth metropolitan area. These include:
- Educational Psychologist assessments including dyslexia testing services.
- Specialist tutoring from experienced teachers.
- Occupational Therapy support for fine motor skills involving in handwriting and daily living skills.
- Speech and Language Pathology for students with a speech issue and Dyslexia.
- Developmental Psychology for students that have heightened levels of anxiety related to school.
We invite you to call our reception team to discuss your child’s educational testing and treatment needs on (08) 61887669 or complete the contact form below.
Our caring staff hope to see you at our clinical, educational and health psychology services centre soon.
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