Many children who are not struggling have one or two of the characteristics in the checklists below. It is a matter of degree, and how it is impacting the learning process that we will consider in determining the needs of the learner.
Many educators who follow brain research believe that there are four learning gates that need to be properly functioning for a child to have an easy time learning.
1. Visual Processing Dysfunction Characteristics
A child struggling with visual processing issues will display some of these characteristics:
2. Visual/Motor Processing (Writing) Dysfunction Characteristics
A child struggling with visual/motor processing may display the following symptoms of stress in writing:
3. Auditory Processing Dysfunction Characteristics
Your child may be struggling with auditory processing dysfunction if he or she exhibits the following difficulties:
Difficulty remembering sight words, including;
Difficulty with phonics, including:
Spelling difficulties, including:
Difficulty sequencing sounds, including:
Difficulty saying longer words:
The child's silent voice disappears:
Difficulty with speech, including:
Difficulty understanding verbal instruction:
4. Focus/Attention Processing Dysfunction Characteristics
A child may be struggling with a focus issue and a sensory integration issue if they possess characteristics of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
ADD refers to a child who is not acting out or moving around, and can even look attentive during a task, but is generally absorbed in his own thoughts and daydreams to the point that he gets little done in the amount of time allotted.
A child who is thought to be ADHD is generally hyperactive. This child has a motor that is always running that he seems incapable of controlling. He does everything in a hurry, and some part of his body always appears to be moving, which keeps him quite distracted.
Dianne Craft has over 35 years experience teaching bright, inquisitive children who are struggling with learning disabilities. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota in 1966 and a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990. Dianne lives in Centennial, Colorado with her CPA husband, Ron, and runs the private consultation practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc.Visit Dianne Craft's Web Site
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