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It’s so hard to watch your child struggle. It’s harder not knowing why.

What if you could know the cause and extent of your child’s learning struggles and find out how to intervene effectively?

Knowing is different from guessing.

It is never too late to help your child, but it is close to impossible without the right information. To help you know and not guess, you need specific answers to the question, “Why does my child struggle?” The step that can provide you with some answers is to book an assessment with a multi-disciplinary team at Bellavista S.E.E.K.

Kids struggle to read and learn for a reason. Until you get a better understanding of what that reason is, you will play ‘hit and miss’ with the solutions and interventions, costing you time, money and emotional energy. Will it be a new tutor? A different school placement? An alternative way of doing school? Therapy? A reading programme? Further investigation?

 Until you know WHY, you can’t know what to do and how best to find help.

How to stop guessing.

Every day medical specialists use mammograms, heart scans, ECGs, dental, hearing and eye exams to guide us into wise health decisions. They look beyond the visible symptoms to understand the problem. The same applies to understanding why your son or daughter is struggling to learn at school. Cutting edge assessments can be applied to get the best possible insight into your child’s strengths, weaknesses and personal learning style. There may be well intended interventions at play in the form of extra lessons and small classes, but are these targeted to meet the very specific needs of your child?

An assessment can assist you in answering this question. Every child has the potential to learn. How, where and when are the variables.

Know the cause… because focusing on symptoms won’t solve the problem.

Let’s be honest, when a child struggles at school, the whole family is impacted. If anxiety sets in, everyone is affected as this spills outside the classroom and into daily living.

 Listed below are just a few symptoms that struggling students present with:

  • inability to focus and pay attention
  • low reading competency
  • protracted hours spent on homework
  • disruptive or withdrawn behaviour
  • failure to follow instructions
  • falling behind peers scholastically
  • anxiety and fear of failure
  • school refusal
  • task avoidance
  • poor grades
  • social problems
  • low motivation

Not withstanding poor instruction, challenging home circumstances or a breakdown in the teacher-child trust relationship, there may be cognitive, esteem, emotional and perceptual reasons for the difficulty. You can know the cause of your child’s struggle and you can be guided to take the right steps to intervene successfully.