Are your preschooler’s cognitive skills developing on track?
During the preschool period, children begin to develop abilities that will help them fair well once they enter school. But Dr. Richard Selznick, author of The Shut Down Learner says you may want to take note if your child only shows an interest in hands-on activities. He says that “if at the same time he loves building and puzzles, but is very avoidant of those early letter type of activities, I would watch that closely. So that’s the kind of thing I would be looking for in preschool.”
While intervening during the preschool years may not be necessary, entirely ignoring a child’s lack of interest in language skills isn’t wise either. “I don’t think you have to do a tremendous amount in the preschool range, but I would not have my head in the sand and think ‘oh he’s fine’ or ‘she’s fine’. Instead think ‘let me watch this and make sure if I have a little concern about their reading or spelling development’, and then if it starts to really emerge in kindergarten or first grade then I would take some action.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Richard Selznick, Director of the Cooper Learning Center and author of The Shut Down Learner.
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