A child may struggle with schooling or paying attention, but if this is a problem that is not resolving over time it's a good idea to investigate whether they might benefit from extra learning support.
It is perfectly normal for a child to struggle with a difficult subject at school or even have trouble paying attention to a topic they aren’t interested in – this does not mean that they automatically have a learning difficulty. It’s only when they are consistently struggling, maybe even in multiple subject areas, for a long period of time that you may want to dive deeper to investigate the cause. An important point to keep in mind during all this is to remember, that a learning difficulty does not mean that a child isn’t smart, it just means that their brain has a different way of processing information.
More often than not, learning difficulties are uncovered at school, by your child’s teacher. This is a critical time and place, and your child’s teacher is your best resource. Since school is a place of learning, when a child isn’t keeping up with their peers the teacher may be the first to notice and begin to monitor the situation.
Children don’t always have the greatest attention on the best of days! But if you see your child consistently struggling with the following for longer than a short period of time, it’s important to identify why. Some signs not to ignore
Recognising the signs early is key to getting children the support they need. Professionals that specialise in children’s learning will be very helpful in guiding you through the best strategies in supporting your child; however, there are things that you can do to help.
Be patient, we know it’s hard for you too. But remember, the more proactive you are, the better you will feel and the sooner your child will get the support they need.