“I’m not smart. I’m not like the other kids. How come I don’t get good grades like they do? …I’m just not smart like they are.” If you have a visual learner, chances are you have heard a version of this once or twice when your child gets home from school. It’s heartbreaking.
Parents as Advocates
Most kids are visual learners and can grow weary after a long day in the language heavy classroom. Reading, writing and taking tests are not the best way for them to learn. Download my free eBook –10 Ways to be Successful in School – and get the ten ways to make learning fun again.
It is hard to believe that school is about to start back up again. Like it or not, you need to adjust just about everything you did over summer, for your kids to get what they need for school. Here are some things that need to be addressed for your kids to have a chance at a good year.
Schools are focused on teaching left-brain auditory learners and our right-brain visual kids are not getting what they need to succeed. My book, Being Visual, helps parents better understand their visual tactile child and shares specifics strategies to increase their success in school.
As your kids get older, they work more independently, so you may not think talking with the teachers is important, but because they work more independently, finding out what’s happening is even more important, especially for visual and ADD students.
It’s conference time at many of our schools and I want to encourage you to think of them in a new way, especially if you have a visual learner or child with ADD or ADHD. The teacher’s feedback on how your child is doing in the classroom is very important to hear, but there also needs to be a conversation on who your child is as a visual learner.
If your child is struggling with focus, testing and some academic work, there is no understanding, no work around, no assistance for them as visual learners. But if your child is unfocused, distracted, struggling academically, and diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, help is available in the form of a 504 learning plan.