Today is World Book Day!
This is all very well, but to some children, a day like today can emphasize their difficulties in reading.
How can we help them, and how can we make sure that their confidence and self-esteem don’t suffer?
Let’s first take the pressure off. Children are under immense pressure to be reading at a certain level by a certain age. Often, this can lead to feelings of failure and inadequacy, and is not necessarily indicative of the way in which children develop at different rates.
Try and help a child develop a love of books by giving them ones with nice pictures in or ones with pictures of their favourite things. Go through the book with them and talk about what is in the pictures. If there are words in the book, read them to them. This helps to develop good listening skills and develops good auditory processing skills, which are essential for learning to read. In fact, reading books to your child has been shown in research to be one of the most valuable things you can do to help their reading.
Encourage your child to read aloud as his or her reading skills develop so it becomes easier to remember the words. Research suggests that the auditory feedback from reading a word out loud makes it easier to remember that word. The conversion of written into spoken words seems to be critical, hearing their own voice helps a child to remember the word they are learning. Fluency in reading is improved through reading aloud.
When children are clearly struggling with their reading or if they have a diagnosis e.g. autism, dyslexia, etc., there are lots of interventions that are available. Parents faced with the prospect of helping their children may feel overwhelmed. The best way to work out which intervention is going to be the most beneficial to your child is to have a discussion with the service providers.
Here at Smart Processing, I work on auditory processing skills as these are fundamental skills for reading, learning and language development. Contact me today to find out if I can be of help to your child.
It is business as usual here at Smart Processing. If you and/or your child/children are working from home, now is an ideal time to spend on improving your processing speed, auditory processing skills, reading and literary skills and English Language skills. Fast ForWord is cloud based and not affected by the current restrictions. The Movement Program is an on-line programme and The Listening Program is available as TLP On-Line streamed to your device daily. I am seeing in increase in enquiries from families now at home across the UK and Europe who see this as an ideal time to improve their skills. Contact me for further information.
As all the support that I offer is on-line and remote anyway, there is little extra I can to do to ensure that I am looking after you and your children’s health. I will however, be sending out Certificates of Completion via e-mail rather than sending one in the post with the associated risks.
As always I am at the other end of the ‘phone, on messenger or via e-mail to answer your questions.
Take care everyone and hope that you all keep safe and well.
Mental Health Week 2020
Here is an interview I did with Ife Thomas of Mind Workout for Mental Health Week 2020. A great week of interviews.
The Bercow Review 10 years on is launched today! An independent review of services for children with SLCN(Speech, Language and Communication Needs) with recommendations for government and system leaders on what needs to change.
This is a good article about the effects of slow processing on a child and how it creates anxiety Processing speed can be improved and the brain training exercises in Fast ForWord are excellent for speeding up the brain’s processing power. Training on Fast ForWord for a child with slow processing speed can be life changing and lead to huge improvements in their self-esteem as well as their ability to follow conversations and access the curriculum. The training needed involves 30minutes a day 5 days a week for around 12 weeks.
Contact me for further details about Fast ForWord.