how do you help a child with learning difficulties

Jane - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is nearly 7 and has difficulty with reading & writing. What can I do to help her, we read together already.

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Penny - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Jane,

I have a 7 year old myself who's been evaluated by just about everyone! She's got ADHD and some other stuff. I call her an out of the box learner, because she's VERY smart, she just doesn't learn the way some teachers teach. It's like she's got a gigantic right brain and a smaller left brain. We had to change teachers because we needed someone to work with her who could teach her the way she learns (through music and body movement and kinestetics.) The old teacher was critical and our daughter felt horrible about herself because she didn't understand what the other kids seemed to get so easily. She was even pulled out of the classroom for special instruction She felt lost when she got back into the classroom and would get in trouble with the teacher because the teacher was working with other kids (nothing wrong with that) but our daughter would try to occupy herself to keep from getting bored and it was usually something she wasn't supposed to be doing. The situation was a nightmare. Through many discussions with the principal and the school psychologist we finally changed teachers. The new one knew how to reach my daughter and she was able to catch up an entire year's worth of school in less than a half of a year. Teachers make such a difference! Some, like this one, are even more dedicated to the success of their students than others. Maybe your daugher is an out of the box learner like mine. See if you can find someone to work with her to find her style of learning, even if it's a tutor. My heart goes out to you! It's so frustrating! But if kids are failing it's not their fault; it's the system that's failing our kids. Good Luck!

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Darcey - posted on 08/29/2012

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If this is helpful, you might find it easier sending your daughter to a special school so she can focus more, and get better, perhaps.

thanks for reading this

Heather - posted on 07/21/2009

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My daughter and I are taking summer programs for her reading they teach her the skills and me the skills to help her to progress and we get a work book to use for the school year and start again next summer its only 5 classes over a couse of 5 weeks and we have litte homework assignements sometimes you cant do it alone also these things are done by specialists i found it at my local university and if there i something more there then just needing help o learn a different way then they wil be able to catch it. GOOD LUCK!!!

Nattalie - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Jane, Please dont worry, it will come, i have four children, the elder three could do anything, but the fourth little guy has had a slow process with reading. He loves maths atc, but reading and spelling, were so frustrating, i was even in tears, as i was doing home schooling, however, letting him learn slowly with patience and a good school teacher he is getting there, even reading without being asked. Every child has something they are good at , she may be very smart with maths. Music, art, or even sport. She will be ok. Keep on reading, if they know we like it they will want to learn more.Enjoy,

Jessica - posted on 07/21/2009

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speak life into her! Tell her she is smart!!! keep up the reading and be consistent. My son is now 20 yrs old he had to be held back and is considered to have some learning disabilities but you know what i always told him it did not matter what a test said but that he is smart! Now he may not spell very well but has a wide vocabulary and is one of the smartest people i know!!

Tarry - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Jane,

My son had difficulty in math. What I did that helped was to find a high school student that is preparing to be a teacher (call the school and ask...@ our school it's the group called Future Teacher of America) and get one of them to tutor your daughter. Kids relate and work better sometimes with someone closer to their age and the future teacher has new and fun ways to get the child interested. This worked really good for my son.

Hope this helps, Tarry

Sharon - posted on 07/21/2009

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Work, work, work. Depending on what is causing this. That needs to be ascertained too. My oldest was hyper and couldn't focus. Repetition was his key. But before that he was checked for dyslexia, and a number of other disabilities and all were discounted.

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