A mom recently asked,
“My son is frustrated with math, and our daughter complains that she has to re-read everything to understand it. I’m trying to figure out what they need and where to take them for help.”
The road to academic success is often paved with more than tutoring. For example, extra help on a specific math concept your son has a hard time getting might be all he needs. However, when tutoring is not enough, maybe the real problem is working memory, focused attention, auditory processing, logic and reasoning or thinking speed. With a ‘brain-based learning’ approach, you can correct these issues and improve your child’s ability to learn math.
An evaluation determines the underlying deficient issue (cognitive, developmental or academic). The brain is trained in one on one sessions. Then, the student is ready to 1) pay attention to the learning experience, 2) keep information and concepts in working memory long enough to retain them in long-term memory, 3) quickly get and process that concept, and 4) apply what was learned to reading, writing, or math. So, brain-based learning is training the brain to develop new and efficient skills.
If you are thinking, I need to re-read that last paragraph to better understand it, does that mean you need tutoring in reading? Maybe not, though that is often the assumption when students say they have to re-read information to understand. If the real issue is memory, then improving memory will help much more than tutoring in reading. If the real issue is attention, then developing her brain’s ability to lock on to the material all the way to the end of the paragraph will be the key. Your daughter may need brain-based learning to BE READY to develop actual reading and comprehension skills.
So, it is vital to use a program designed to address YOUR child’s specific issues. Discovering your children’s real learning needs and developing weak skills will help them prepare today for success in school, college and career tomorrow.