Your visual learner and most children will respond well to calm parents, structured approaches and a visual schedule of what to do. Here is an article on preparing children for a Hurricane.
Their suggestions include:
• Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.
• Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.
All Children will Benefit from Fewer Words and Parents Being Calm
Some children respond well to words — that is rarely true about the visual learners.
Visual learners tend to:
- Pick up on non-verbal cues — are their parents appearing calm, while others may not
- Like a clear picture of what to do
- Benefit from a dry run of what to do — if you have a certain place to go in case of a major storm
- Having positive and calming distractions
- Things to do in case you lose all power – – old-fashioned board and card games could work — and they should be put in a safe place you can easily find
What Works For the Visual Learner With Hurricanes Will Help Others
Calm structure, a visual schedule and distractions will help your most sensitive child and these approaches will help all children
After the last hurricane, one parent called and said, “This helped all my children, but how do I know if my child is a visual learner”, N Barker Delray Beach
If you would like to, you can take our Success Assessment with your child that answers this question and more.