Early School Education Radio Shows — 12 November 2013
Trouble in the Primary Grades

Some of the signs that your early grader is having trouble learning.

Trouble Signs

Do you think your young child is struggling in school?  Maybe your child is slow to warm up to reading, have trouble sounding out words, or understanding the stories in books?  If so, it’s important to follow up even if teachers dismiss your worries, say Richard Selznick, author of The Shut Down Learner. “So many times when you have suspicion or you’re a little bit worried, for example your child is in first grade and you think something’s not right here, very often you’ll go to the school and the school will say something like “boys are late bloomers”, or things like that.  I don’t find that to be the case that often, so if you really think that the child is having difficulty at that point, there is no great gain in waiting.  Now the only way to really know, if you’re not a professional, would be to have somebody check that out and say that your child really is struggling. At that time, try to find help on the outside if the school isn’t providing it for you.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Richard Selznick, author of The Shut Down Learner.

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