Your child comes home from school and you cringe as you open the backpack to reveal what you know will be a slew of unfinished class-work, homework, and yet another note from the teacher informing you of the struggles your child is experiencing in her classroom.
Worse yet you fear seeing the graded test your child took yesterday, and cross your fingers hoping for at least a passing grade.
As you rifle through the mounds of papers, and try to prepare yourself for the work that lies ahead, you glance over at your child who has long-abandoned the book bag and is racing around looking for anything to do that does not require thinking or a pencil.
You just can’t figure out why school is such a struggle for your child. You’ve done everything you can think of to help your child be successful – spent countless hours teaching and reviewing skills at home, invested in tutoring, threatened with consequences, promised rewards – but none of these things has consistently helped.
Some days you are convinced your child is just stubborn, and other days you’re sure it’s just laziness or a bad attitude. But when you’re honest with yourself and listen to your gut, you know there is something more to the equation.
Your child is struggling because of something very real, but you haven’t been able to identify what that real problem is.
Many parents spend years investing time, money, and energy in trying to help their child overcome the learning problems that plague them. Most become disappointed and disillusioned when their investment doesn’t lead to substantially different outcomes.
Maybe the child learns to read a bit better, or their handwriting improves somewhat, or their frustration tolerance for schoolwork improves; but the overall process of learning is still a struggle.
Most programs aimed at improving learning fail because they lack a focus on the foundations for successful thinking and learning.
Your child needs the right learning foundations in place in order to become successful learners – which includes the ability to think, read, comprehend, spell, write, problem solve, do math computation, follow directions, and recall information to name a few.
These foundations include skills such as:
Children with deficits in one or more of these areas struggle with various aspects of learning. Most struggling learners are intelligent, but they lack the ability to demonstrate their capabilities due to breakdowns in foundational skills.
Once your child’s specific deficits are identified – a plan for correcting the problems can be developed. This means you won’t be stabbing in the dark, hoping the problem will get fixed – you will have a targeted plan for treating the weak areas that are preventing your child from performing up to their maximum potential.
Contact our office to schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation to find out how our programs and services can meet your needs.