The Learning Curve March 5, 2012 Dean Larson
How Do You Recognize if Your Child is Having Difficulty in School Early Enough to Properly Help? What to Do and How Do You Find the Help You Need?
Too often parents fail to recognize their child is having difficulty and by the time they spot it, too much damage and loss has occurred.
Even when parents are astute enough to recognize the struggling student in their child, they still have the problem of what to do to help and where to go to get proper professional help.
Today, on The Learning Curve with Roger & Virginia, we have the return of Dean Larson, Director of Access for Knowledge Learning Centers.
Dean has a wealth of experience in both preventing student difficulty in his own students and remedying the struggling conditions of students brought to him.
Hear Dean describe how you would first observe, and then proceed to handle, indications of your child having difficulty at school.
His first, critical word of advice is that a parent must stand back and examine the facts of the situation . . . don’t dub-in emotion or opinion.
Look for trends in grades and behavior; a change in friends and a change towards the family.
Write down only the facts. Just gather data.
You must use “reflective listening” with your child—you must ask, and listen: not tell and assert your belief.
Kids don’t have enough life experience to yet be able to understand all the emotions and feelings they go through.
You’ll hear Dean explain how all this is done, and give you the key question to be asked:
- What are the possibilities of change?
- Are there medical conditions (hearing, eyesight, biochemical) behind the trouble?
- What about tutoring services? How do you evaluate the options?
Dean brilliantly and clearly answers all these questions . . . .
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