Five unique problems students who struggle in school have with learning…
If you’re like the parents I work with, you are looking for help for your child who is struggling in school. There are really five factors that can get in the way of learning for kids with complicated learning needs.
- First of all, everybody learns their own way. For most kids, they are able to learn the way our schools tend to teach. But some students don’t easily learn the way our schools expect them to. And then kids begin to fall behind and fail.
- Once they fall behind, they don’t learn the academic skills they need to keep up. Kids have to learn so much to be successful in school. They have to learn how to read, spell and calculate. Now they have the problem of being behind in basic skills. Without basic skills they can’t move forward.
- Students with complicated learning needs usually have one or more weak learning skills such as memory, attention or auditory processing problems. Until their learning skills are strengthened, they will continue to have difficulty in learning.
- Students typically need to learn how to manage their learning and how to play the game of school to win. They have to learn the best study approaches and what to give priority to in their learning. They need to learn how to manage their time and their emotions.
- When students experience any of these difficulties, then the biggest problem begins to set in. When kids want to learn, when they try to learn, but they can’t learn, they lose hope. They begin to believe they are stupid and they stop trying. This loss of hope is called learned helplessness and it’s a beast that robs kids of their power. Kids who have learned helplessness don’t work very hard to be good learners and good students because they figure it’s a waste of time; they figure they can never learn.
My SUCCESS Program for Educational Excellence
In order for kids with complicated learning needs to be successful, they need to have all five of their problems addressed.
- They need to be taught in a way that fits their learning style—not just the same old approach that is used for other kids.
- They need to catch up on basic skills they’ve missed because they learn differently.
- They need to build their core learning skills such as attention and memory that students need to be successful.
- They need to learn how to set priorities, manage their time and study to remember what they are learning.
- And most importantly, they need to believe in themselves again so they can play the game of school to win.
My five-step SUCCESS program gives students with complicated learning needs the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.
I’ve made a five short videos explaining each of the five components of my approach, and I hope you’re ready to learn more. You can find the videos right here.
Thanks, and I’ll see you there!
Dr. Kari Miller, Director
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