A learning barrier is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. Children with learning barriers are not lazy. They are as smart as everyone else. Their brains are simply wired differently and this affects how they receive and process information. They see, hear and understand things differently. This can lead to trouble with learning new information and skills and putting them into use. They need to be taught in ways that are tailored to their unique learning styles.
ADHD certainly can interfere with learning and behaviour. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be) or be overly active. Although ADHD cannot be cured, it can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.
Helping children with learning barriers
- Self-awareness and self-confidence – Struggles in the classroom can cause children to
doubt their abilities and question their strength. At SOL, we encourage children to develop their strengths and passions. Feeling passionate and skilled in one area may inspire hard work in other areas too.
- Perseverance– Children with learning barriers may need to work harder and longer. At SOL, we discuss what it means to keep on trying even when things seem difficult. Rewards for hard work are experienced. Children learn to understand that giving up may lead to missing out on opportunities.
- Ability to handle stress– If children learn how to regulate stress and calm themselves, they will be much better equipped to overcome challenges.
- Emphasize healthy lifestyle habits – Exercise isn’t just good for the body, but for the mind.
Regular physical activity makes a huge difference in mood, energy and mental clarity.
At SOL, we encourage healthy eating and healthy play.