Is Your Child a Slow Learner?
Have you noticed or been told that your child doesn’t seem to grasp classroom concepts as quickly as other equally capable students in his or her class? If so, there is the distinct possibility that your child is a slow learner.
It is important to note that being a slow learner and having a learning disability are two different things. Being a slow learner is often a result of various external factors while a learning disability is a medical condition that is exacerbated by any number of pre-existing disorders.
For many children who have been classified as slow learners, there are ways to help develop the sharper cognitive skills necessary to meet or exceed the learning expectations of people their age. Before deciding on a course of treatment it is necessary to understand some of the common symptoms of slow learning. Here are just a few:
Does your child exhibit any of the following?
- Delays in speech and language development
- Inappropriate social behaviours
- Inability to relate to other members of his/her own peer group (prefers company of younger children)
- Poor judgment
- Frustration, anxiety or aggression
- Inconsistent academic performance (excels at some subject but is behind in others)
- Inability to apply learning concepts to more than one situation (It’s not OK to throw a ball at Jimmy, but throwing it at Sally is)
For most children, the above symptoms signify slow learning, not a learning disability, and while the causes for slow learning vary greatly, there are treatments that can help uniformly (or at least can in the vast majority of cases).
Listening and Learning
It goes without saying that a child’s ability to learn correlates directly with his or her ability to listen. Little Johnny might hear you tell him something. He might hear a concept being taught in school and he could give the overall appearance of paying attention. Slow learning does not coincide with nor is it indicative of an attention deficit. A child can have a perfectly normal attention span and still have trouble learning.
Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis discovered that many of the issues school-aged children experience learning new concepts (both academic and social) quite often stem from the inability to efficiently process auditory information. He developed his TOMATIS® Sound Therapy model to specifically address this issue. More information can be found here.
In my practice I have helped many slow-learning children to quickly and safely overcome this condition and I do it without drugs, surgery or any other invasive intervention. TOMATIS® Sound therapy targets the root cause of a child’s inability to listen and fine tunes the brain’s ability to receive and process auditory data.
While it may not be a clinical treatment, TOMATIS® offers a holistic and safe solution that has been proven to assist young children manage a broad range of conditions from slow learning and academic challenges to Autism and other developmental disorders.