A New Beginning: Step #3: Questions to Ask Yourself as a Parent


 

Do I understand my child’s strengths and weaknesses?

These should have been discussed in the testing results as well as by any professional or teacher working with your child.  It’s important to really understand your child’s strengths as you and the therapist will use the strengths to help pull up the weaknesses.  For example, if your child remembers instructions better by looking at words or pictures  rather than by listening to instructions, you will want to make lists for him to see (pictures) or read (words) rather than telling him what to do, especially if it involves several steps.  The therapist may also use lists or demonstrations rather than just “telling” your child what to do. If you are unsure of your child’s strengths, ask the professional who evaluated your child to further explain.    Understanding these strengths and weaknesses thoroughly will help you be more effective in relating to your child and will help your child by letting him know how best he learns.  (My blog on learning styles may be helpful  in determining what type of learner you child is.)

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