Slow Processing: What Can you do at Home?

Metro Learning Solutions knows, based on scientific studies that the research arm of their parent company, LearningRx, has done, that processing speed, along with other cognitive skills, can be assessed, targeted and strengthened. (See our Research Results here)  We are very well versed in how to measure, then elicit growth in this pesky, hard to change skill. 

If you are not wanting to address this weakness with cognitive development training, accept your child’s limitations and share that with them in a positive way.  All of us learn differently and your child is no exception:  they may do well when responding verbally but struggle when asked to write ideas down.  Make sure they understand and value this difference to mitigate any feeling of inadequacy.

You may want to seek accommodations in the classroom.  Ask for extra time for your child to complete work, take tests, etc.  Ask for a different assessment tool if needed.    For example, if the test requires short answer and your child has difficult writing see if they can take the test verbally.

If homework is taking longer than is reasonable, talk to your child’s teacher.  Ask that the assignments be streamlined so they do a sampling of problems rather than ALL of the math problems assigned.  Perhaps they could dictate their answers, maybe writing out the answers to only one or two of the short answer questions.   In addition to practicing a necessary skill, homework is helpful in developing responsibility and a strong work ethic in kids; however, they are children and need time to play, interact with family and friends, get exercise and wind down from the day.  Especially for these kids, homework should not be an additional stressor; they’ve had a hard-enough time during the school day already!

Some other accommodations might include asking the teacher to provide notes or an outline instead of requiring them to take notes.  If a longer project is assigned, could each step be explicitly explained along with a visual of the steps necessary to follow to get the project completed? 

Advocate for your child. Explain to those who interact with your child what slow processing speed is and the ramifications of it.  Help your child advocate for himself; encourage him to understand his limitations, help him understand what types of things he has difficulties with, and let him know it’s okay to ask for help.  After all, that is a life skill that successful adults use all the time – we understand our strengths and weaknesses and we advocate for ourselves when necessary.  yle=’mso-spac

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