Young people are masters at hiding their struggles in school. They mask their difficulties in so many ways that sometimes it takes adults time to realize what it really going on.
Many times their struggles are related to other behaviors such as these:
•Acting out/Getting in trouble
•Being too social in class
•Low self esteem
•Resistance to homework
•Lack of desire to read or write
These are just a few of the initial outside behaviors that we might notice. Part of what makes it difficult is that each child is individual in the behaviors they use to mask their difficulties.
We are all born with a natural inquisitiveness and desire to learn, perform and achieve. A lack of desire to learn at school is usually a symptom of a struggle to learn.
When our children are showing struggles in school, a well-known approach to help them is to find a tutor or sometimes use the “wait and see” approach and see if they will “grow out of it.”
But when children with at least average intellectual ability struggle to learn, there is likely something in the way that they are processing information that is underdeveloped, different, or inefficient.
At the Therapeutic Literacy Center, we recognize that if we are going to effectively impact academic learning problems, we must prepare the brain for learning by strengthening or developing the underlying thinking processes that support academic skills.
These include skills such as: Memory, Attention, Processing Speed, Auditory Processing, Phonemic Awareness, Visual Processing , Internal Timing and Organization, Motor Coordination, Sensory Integration.
The work at the Therapeutic Literacy Center is done one-to-one with students and focuses on teaching, strengthening, and developing those skills that lead to independent, academic success.
“We all wake up every morning to have a good day,” says Maria Bagby, a Reading Specialist and owner of the Therapeutic Literacy Center. “When learning is difficult and they face the frustration of seeing it easier for their peers, they don’t always know how to ask for our help or to tell us that something isn’t working.”
Behavior might not be the first thing we notice. We might see that they work harder than their peers to read and write, spell words, remember their math facts, pay attention, follow directions, finish tasks, produce neat handwriting.
We might find ourselves saying such things as “He just needs to pay attention”; “She needs to put her head in school”; or “When it’s something he’s interested in, he can do it!”
“The ‘wait and see’ approach isn’t an answer. We don’t just ‘grow out of’ problems in school,” says Maria.
“These things can be FIXED – permanently. We see lives change every day.”
The Therapeutic Literacy Center provides free screening and evaluations to help identify what the issue is behind struggles in school, 1st grade through college. These can be scheduled by calling (858) 481-2200.
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