It’s coming! It’s inevitable. So we might as well get on board and enjoy it! I love the winter holidays, but they do come with their own special set of challenges.
For kids with learning challenges, the excitement of the holidays may be laced with anxiety. Schedules and activities at home and at school are different and often more frenetic than usual. This can be very unnerving to kids who depend on structure and routine to feel secure and in control.
For those bright, creative, dyslexic students, the holidays open the door for all kinds of fanciful daydreams!
Keeping your daily routine as much as possible and preparing your kids well in advance for special activities or other disruptions to the routine at home or school can help our less flexible students adjust more easily to the change.
Acknowledging students’ excitement before redirecting can help keep them more present and settled. For example, to the student staring dreamily into space instead of starting on his math homework:
“There are lots of fun things to think about right now, aren’t there? How about if you share something with me after this math page is done? Right now, let’s take a look at this first problem.”
Do you or your child struggle with dyslexia, reading, spelling, learning or attention? Finding ways to manage the day to day challenges is important, but there’s more to the story!
These challenges can be changed. While there are no simple, overnight solutions, most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through developing the weak underlying skills and remediating the affected academic areas. Need to know more??
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