Six Tips to Make Sure Your Child Does not Get Lost in the Classroom

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by Ilana Danneman

It’s become quite challenging to navigate our educational system. Between specialized testing, core curriculum objectives, increased diagnosis for kids with autism and SPD and the flurry of information we ingest every day, it’s no wonder we all feel a bit lost. So do our kids.

So, maybe if we take a step back, we can help our children thrive through their educational years. As a parent I have often felt that my child’s abilities were swept under the carpet while trying to help him survive tests, homework and projects. Though schoolwork is important, life skills and talents may be the much-needed fuel to helping our children get where they need and want to go. After all, motivation can go a long way.

Here are 6 tips for keeping your child involved and focused in the classroom.

1. Know your child
Sit down with your child and brainstorm their strengths and weaknesses. This is not age dependent. Focus on the strengths but while doing so, note areas of struggle. You may have this all in your head, but it’s great therapy to put it down on paper with your child’s input. Not only will they feel invested but they gain a sense of responsibility and awareness as well.

2. Focus on Areas of Strength
Pick out one or two areas of strength to focus in on over the next few months. Maybe it’s a musical talent, a sport, math or creative writing. Look for an outlet to help foster and grow these skills. It may be as simple as having your child help you plan and cook a meal or it may mean finding something outside of school and home to foster a particular talent.

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