Learning and attention issues are common than any person could have imagined, mostly affecting people at a young age. Statistics indicate that out of every five children one is affected. It is the brain’s inability to focus, listen, read and write, being organized and even doing the math tests. Some people believe that learning and attention issues tend to run in the family, from the parents to child but that does not make it friendly at all. With the right supportive policies and increased awareness among educators, parents and even communities, children can go way further in excelling in their education and social life.
To conduct the most productive learning skills and excellent attention for kids, their teachers must put it to place some approaches. The approaches benefit all the student but are essential to kids with learning and attention issues. The criteria include:
1. One-on-one or small group instructions
Most lessons are taught to the whole class, while others are better in small groups or one student at a time. Learning in a small group or one on one student teacher conversation can be helpful enough for kids with learning and attention issues. There is no doubt that this approach will help deal with:
• Dyslexia – which is the grouping of children with specific learning disability in reading accurately and fluently. The kids might meet other kids with a common interest to improve their reading skills.
• Dyscalculia – it is where a child is not able to make an arithmetic calculation as a result of brain disorder. Hence, extra help especially if it one on one.
• Dysgraphia – teachers use small groups or one on one teaching to check the kids’ improvement in writing skills.
• ADHD and executive functioning issues – a condition that makes it difficult for kids to use working memory and even manage themselves. This is done by setting a few distractions.
• Slow processing speed – it is a situation where a kid takes time before he/she responds to a question. However, in these small groups, teachers can focus on the priority of the lesson; thus the student has time to grasp the most out of the lesson.
2. Multisensory instruction
Teaching should involve multisensory instructions which are a learning style that engages more than one sense of the body a, for example, kids with reading issues are taught how to use their sense of sight, hearing, movement, and touch to learn. Sand or shaving cream writing allows the kids to use touch, sight, and sound to connect letter by their senses and touch.
3. Graphics organization
These are visual tools showing information or connection between ideas by helping kids organize what they have learned and what they want to learn. Graphic organizers are a Venn diagram and flow charts. They help kids break down math problem into steps for easy solution and planning ideas and writing schedule.
4. Wait time
Wait time is the time when the teacher stops and wait after asking a question and most probably the first student had already raised his/her hand. Instead of calling the first student he/she gives time for kids who process slowly. Thus, it allows kids to understand the question better not leaving the kids with ADHD can also benefit from this by having enough time to think rather than calling out the first answer that comes to mind.
In conclusion, learning and attention issues in kids can be improved by involving the kids in peer reviews and even talking to them. Teaching is not just about what you should know is the relationship that comes with it.