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Struggling Child in Early Primary School

 Struggling Child in Early Primary School

Every parent wants their child to learn to read. Distressed parents have come to me about reports from the school. They are worried and they want another opinion. “Is my child that far behind?” But even worse is this question, “Why is our child being referred to the School Psychologist for testing?”

There’s a great Arab proverb and it says, “Trust in God but tie up your camel” and I give that advice in different words: I test the child for them with basic teaching materials. I can usually say, “Stop worrying, but take extra steps”.

Take control but work with the school too:  Then there’s the opposite situation where the classroom teacher says that the child is doing quite alright. But the parents believe the child is struggling and can’t get enough detail from the teachers.

It may be difficult to work out why your child is a little behind. There could be many reasons. The most obvious reason is that your child gets distracted in class. He or she may not be tuned in yet. I tell parents who are worried about a referral to the School Psychologist the following: The school is taking the right steps. As teachers we don’t want children falling through the gaps. If there is a problem we want it identified early. And that is a good thing.

Also on the post   https://www.tutoringprimary.com/teaching-dyslexic-child/ but all children, or let’s say, most children, require explicit instruction. I say the same to parents of all children, but parents of children with a learning difficulty need the same information but a lot more support, ideas and help to supplement the child’s learning.

This link takes you to “Why the Minister should act boldly on changes to schooling for children with disabilities” on the EduResearch Matters website. It makes the point that children with disabilities should not be home-schooled because they are forced by the limitations in schools but out of choice only. It is a succinct, easy to read post about the ongoing lack of funding despite continual investigations and reports. While it expressly discusses New South Wales, comments indicate this is nation-wide. There are others on the website as well. A worthwhile read:
https://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?s=home+schooling

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