When it comes to school or homework, have you ever thought or been told that your teen is lazy or unmotivated? Or that they just don’t care? In my over 35 years in education, I have yet to see a truly lazy or unmotivated student.
Students will do well when they can. When they cannot, there is something getting in their way. Think of it like a roadblock - it’s generally removable, but first it has to be recognized.
Here are five signs that your child or teen is struggling and needs help to remove to roadblocks to confident, efficient, independent learning:
Here are some things every parent should know about their struggling learner:
This kind of training is not the job of the schools and not the focus of traditional tutoring, but our experience with thousands of struggling students has shown us that by identifying and developing the weak underlying learning / processing skills needed to support efficient learning, most learning and attention challenges, including learning disabilities and dyslexia can be corrected.
Key Underlying Skills for Ease in Learning
The skills needed for learning can be placed on a continuum - imagine a ladder - with academic and school subjects up at the top. Building up to and supporting those skills are whole sets of underlying skills (such as memory, attention, auditory and visual processing) that need to be in place - like the rungs on a ladder. When the underlying skills are weak, it can cause you to have to work harder and longer than expected and it will most likely affect your attention.
Cognitive Learning Therapy Addresses the Root of the Challenge
If we want to permanently change a learning challenge, we have to identify the lagging underlying skills that are not supporting the student well enough and develop them through intensive and targeted brain training. In our experience over the last 35 years, we have found that through this kind of cognitive learning therapy, most learning and attention challenges, including dyslexia can change permanently.
What to Do
Call 877-774-0444 or visit StowellCenter.com to speak with a Stowell Learning Center consultant about your child.
Jill Stowell, M.S.
Author: At Wit’s End A Parent’s Guide to Ending the Struggle Tears, and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities
Founder and Executive Director – Stowell Learning Centers
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