Example: A class is learning to print letters and the teacher is instructing them. (STOP HERE) Some kids have trouble looking up at the board and down at their paper and keeping track of where they are in both places. The teacher is talking. (STOP HERE) Some kids can copy but every time the teacher talks; it distracts them and they lose focus. (STOP HERE) Finally; some kids have difficulty holding a pencil or processing the shape of the letters from the board to their brain to the paper.
Suggestions: Figure out what is going on and find appropriate therapies to help. Warning:This may be trial and error; don't be afraid to change or stop a program that isn't working.
The brain is plastic and can be changed. It’s what they do for people who have strokes and it works. But it’s hard work and takes someone to direct it who knows what they’re doing. And it can be expensive because in general; there are few publicly funded brain plasticity programs.
Simply putting a child on an IEP or sticking them in a resource room where they can work slowly on grade one math for the next three years; repeating the same work over and over because it just isn’t sticking (because they have poor visual/auditory memory); is not the solution. And yet special Ed teachers are not trained in any other methods. There is no urgency to fix the problem! Special Ed should be: Get them in, get them fixed and get them back in the mainstream class and do it like it’s a race against time; because it is.
The other thing is that intervention should be intense. People spend thousands on programs like Lindamood Bell and Fastforword and they work. But part of the reason they work is that they’re intense. Fastforword is an hour a day of an intense computer program for auditory processing issues. Lindamood Bell has three different streams for AP/Dyslexia and Concept Imagery. (Something I’d never heard of before I had my child tested by them but they were bang on) And with LMB; the minimum time suggested is 2 hours a day 5 days a week to get results. Plenty of kids do their summer program of 4 hours a day (with mini breaks) or parents even take their kids out of school for the morning and send them there for several months at a time. Extreme? Yes but it works. Next topic: Nobody had any of this ADD when the nuns were teaching.