Teaching a child with learning disabilities can be tough because it requires patience, knowledge, and the correct teaching methods to help that particular child learn. Due to the wide variety of learning disabilities, there’s no single way to teach children with learning disabilities. Sometimes it can be discouraging to see the child learning but they have a difficult time recalling what they learned.
While it can be frustrating, there are also ways to help your child improve their memory.
Identify how the child learns best
If the child seems to learn better by reading, you can include active reading into the lessons. Allow the child to read out loud, ask questions, and receive answers. This active reading activity can help the child retain and understand what they are reading.
If the child seems to learn better by activity, you can include small actions and activities into the lesson. It can be as simple as tossing the ball back and forth during the lesson. You could also do things like have the child highlight specific words in different colours as they hear them. These actions can help to keep the child engaged mentally through physical action.
Have the child teach you
Having the child explain the lessons to you is a good way to help build working memory. You can guide them as they move along by asking questions and helping with memory markers to jog their recall. You could even have the child convey this to you as a story, engaging their creativity as well. The child learns as they try to work out how to teach you, the parent and educator, what they know.
Remember that every child is different, as are the techniques used. As well, The quality of your personal training and learning will help immensely towards helping children with learning disabilities.
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