Please Help My Smart Struggling Child
The school ruled out dyslexia and learning disabilities. The doctor ruled out ADHD. Now Matt’s parents were really perplexed. They then spent a couple of thousand of dollars on an auditory processing evaluation, and a few more on a private psychological evaluation.
She asked her pediatrician who handed her one of our cards with the following questions about her smart struggling child:
– Is your child struggling in school?
2- Does your child remember places visited, even from years ago?
3- Does your child learn best when your child sees and experiences information?
4- Does your child lose focus when bored or frustrated?
5- Does your child skip words and/or lines when reading?
6- Are your child’s reading comprehension and test scores lower than you would have expected?
Mom was perplexed. Matt was a hard worker, who got good grades because he did all his homework, did well on projects, with massive help, and did every extra credit project in sight — but he did struggle in school.
Matt was uncanny at remembering places he visited, even from when he was 3
Matt had trouble reading, but he could put together a dog house with the right tools and material. He certainly learned best when he saw and experienced information.
Matt could hyper focus on that which was interesting, but he really struggled to hold it together when things were boring.
Skipping words and lines she wasn’t sure of. She asked Matt and he said, “I do that all the time”. She asked why he did not share that with her and he said, “I figured everyone else did too”.
He read well out loud, but he really struggled when he had to read long passages and answer questions. The standardized tests were an annual nightmare for him.
What is wrong with my child the mother asked — and the pediatrician said,”Seems like your smart struggling child is a bright right-brain learner. Same kind of problems Einstein, Edison and Disney had.
What happens when you look at dyslexia and ADHD from a strength-based perspective:
1- You realize that many famous people were brilliant out of the box thinkers — but they did not learn the way the schools taught them
2- These famous people with dyslexia also had the ability to hyper-focus on that which is important
3- The students can make dramatic gains in reading comprehension, test scores and learn to love reading if they are engaged in the process
4- The attention and eye-teaming issues could and should be addressed
5- Self-esteem issues can be real, and improvements in self-esteem are a natural result of being supported and becoming much more successful
The key questions to consider are:
– Would you like to read a short and empowering book that might describe your child and explain their strength and challenges?
– Does your child learn differently?
– Does your child have and attention and /or an eye-teaming issue that might be holding him or her back?
– Would you like to know how to help your child to become much more successful by capitalizing on your child’s strengths, while identifying and addressing their challenges?
Mira has written a short book titled, “Life is a Ball, Do Not Put Me in a Box” that can help you to both understand your child and your role
We have developed a comprehensive assessment tool to screen for both a learning difference and attention and eye-teaming challenges
We would like to make this all available to you at no cost at www.3dlearner.com with a no cost consult