Help Mom's, Need to know what will help 9 yr old learn

Teresa - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Have a friend that has a daughter that she thinks she has a learning disability and I think the kid is smarter then the mom lol. Mom wasn't taught how to be good mom and is learning but has hardly done even the basics with the girl. She thinks she has a hard time following through I want to know what type of learning device (like Vtec) that will help the girl expand and grow something more age appropriate. She will be 10 in Feb and all she has is younger kids to hang with. I'm trying to get her Girl Scouts, any other ideas? Poor kid just needs some encouragement and direction Please help Thanks Teresa

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Dalaynea - posted on 01/04/2010

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I DON'T THINK THAT THE DEVICES CAN HELP HER FULLY LEARN. SHE NEEDS DIRECT CONTACT AND ENCOURAGMENT. MY MOTHER WASN'T ALWAYS THERE FOR ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT ALWAYS MADE AN EFFORT.I WAS THE OLDEST OUT OF 4. NOW WITH MY KIDS I SIT EVERY NIGHT WITH THEM AND GO OVER AND MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTAND. IT JUST TAKES TIME. AND I THINK IF YOU SHOW YOUR KIDS THAT YOU HAVE INTREST IN WHAT THEY DO THEY WILL SUCCEED.

Amy - posted on 01/04/2010

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This is a hard one. I guess it is a good thing she has someone like yourself who cares about the situation. As far as learning devices go, I can reccommend a couple, but what this child needs is more encouragement, and to be interacted with more, and on a daily basis. She needs someone to sit with her and show interest in her schoolwork/homework. She needs to have a parent, or significant other person in her life to be as involved in her school as possible. It is possible she has a learning disability, but I think it is more of something like she is not as interested as she should/could be. She also does NEED peer interaction, it is an important tool in a child's development. If all she is around is younger children, except at school, then she will mimic the younger children more than she will her peers. Now, as for the "learning devices" I would reccommend, if you all are going to go that route I would reccommend and of the things out there on the market, but my daughter has a Nintendo DSi and she is 9 years old. They have alot of extremely learning focused games for it, or even the DS lite. The only thing is, do not let her become completely involved in it. Make her "earn" her time she can spend with the game. Do not let it become a babysitter for her. A parent should be the one leading the child's way. You cannot rely on ANY games, or teachers completely to guide a child. If she sees how involved the mother is, and interacts with her teachers and school frequently, she will realize someone cares, and that is the best teacher of all! Good luck!

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