Do you feel for those kids who can't keep a hold of it all when trying to learn, only to try again with what they learned earlier and are unable to do it without a refresher course from mom or dad? Do you feel for mom or dad who work hard all day and then need to do the refresher course?
Whether at home school or not, kids who cannot coordinate their senses to be used together will have a harder time integrating the information when it is taught, let alone remember it.
If people are not talking about the child's processing skills they are missing a lot. The question needs to be asked,.."can the child use multiple sensory skills at once? If not, they can train and practice to be able to do that. A child who looks like the above pic needs practice multi tasking. Practice getting used to not being overwhelmed when using multiple senses at once whether in the classroom at home or in regular schooling. Not getting overwhelmed by too much coming at him or her at once.
What do I mean by multiple senses at once? Can the child use the ears, eyes, hands and mouth at the same time? Can the child write notes while listening? Read while someone else is talking in the room? Talk while using eyes and ears together? It's harder than it may seem for many people.
Practice can be very powerful for what isn't working well. With time and training, it can fall into place and can be less frustrating. The only thing harder than watching a child suffer with this is watching an adult that was a child who suffered with it for too many years and now it is their habit and interfering in everything they do. Adults can still train it, but if you catch it early, then it never needs to get there.
As an expert that believes in chemical free approaches and believes more in practicing skills along with good nutrition, good sleep, good exercise and good humor/attitude, I know that specific rote practice can be the key.
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If This Video Doesn’t Convince You To Put Down Your Phone, Nothing Probably Will…
We have become more connected then ever before with all of the great new technology, but does it sometimes make us LESS connected...
For those who are across the country from loves ones, being able to connect with those who are not living right where you are, I still think these technologies are very good. Without Skype, Facebook and other social media, sharing experiences with those far away would be very difficult. But it does make me so sad when I see families out together and everyone has their screen and no one is talking to each other. I see it often.
Our family has a rule of no screen time when we are out together. In the car on the way is fine, but once we are out walking or eating or whatever we are doing, the screens are stowed safely away and we interact as people without abbreviations. We have gone so far as to only have a cheap phone that we add minutes to by the month for only emergency calls. No texting, no internet, no checking email or Facebook. Only when we are back home and only during certain times.
I do remember all too well when long distance calls were a huge expense so in that sense, staying connected with those far away and not going broke is an amazing thing. I remember a $900 monthly phone bill in College from me making calls to my boyfriend at a different University and I am glad to be away from that expense.
So if it is used in limited amounts and it isn't your whole life, and you know how to put it down when you are out with people, and most importantly, you realize what is what is right in front of you is what is most important right now, I think there can be a good mix.
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