For most, this learnt task has been easily assimilated throughout our school years. However, some children just don’t quite get it due to differing learning needs. As it turns out, it is highly likely they just need a different approach, according to speech pathologist Adele Jane.
Ms Jane has developed a program that assists children struggling with reading and writing. She developed it thanks to her 12 years experience as a speech pathologist and experiencing her own struggles as a mother dealing with a similar situation.
She said those who struggle have a breakdown in their executive function, which includes the ability to multi-task. Like a clock, if some cogs break, the whole thing stops working.
Her program, The Accelerated Literacy Blueprint, equips parents and children with the tools to identify where the breakdowns are and how to fix them.
‘What I’m doing with the parents isn’t therapy; I’m giving them the tools that they can use to apply to real-life situations,’ she said.
‘It’s for those kids that just can’t get started.’
‘I want to get to the parents before the kids get to the stage of learnt helpless-ness.’
‘I get a lot of kids sent by psychologists and they turn out to be quite bright; they just learn in a different way.’
Ms Jane said once children see themselves improving, it alleviates the isolation, stress and anxiety that prevent them moving forward.
She will present her methods at a free information evening at Assumption Catholic Primary School from 7.30pm on March 26.
For more information, call Lesley on 0414 573 357 or register at www.accelerated literacy.com