Educating a child with SPD
Educating Your SPD Child
Parents of children with a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) may feel like their child has been misunderstood. It can be exhausting to parent a child with SPD, but it is doubly frustrating to have doctors, teachers and other professionals misinterpret SPD as something else.
In the school setting, children with SPD don’t always mix well with the group. They may be reluctant to play games, or do painting or crafts. They may be labeled as “non-participators” or on the other extreme, may be difficult to control due to a craving for sensory stimulation.
Children with sensory processing problems can do well with schooling! Because they misinterpret general sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement, simplifying the sensory input during the day can be helpful.
A computer based curriculum may be part of the educational answer for part of the education for children with sensory processing disorder.
Lots of special kids are using T4L.com!
At T4L.com, we have spent some time studying what types of students use us. In fact, it’s difficult to ascertain since we treat all the kids the same so we have no legal basis for surveying to find out about their learning styles, challenges, or motivations. Anecdotally, from the parents forum and our help line, I’d estimate that about 20% of the T4L families have a child who is learning challenged in one way or another. I’ve invited some moms to share their stories of using T4L with their children that have special needs, take a look. It’s interesting reading:
esearch in the last decade indicates that today’s short attention-span culture is creating children whose brains are actually wired differently from their parents’ brains. From a young age, they have been exposed to an unprecedented amount of visual information via books, magazines, television, videos, video games, and the Internet. This visual influx seems to actually be changing the visual pathway in children’s brains. On the upside, this new generation is able to process faster, multitask better, and actually score higher on most IQ tests. On the downside, this over-stimulation is creating problems for parents, schools, and even physicians who feel the need to somehow rewire the child’s brain “back to the way it is supposed to be.”The fact is this: visual learners are rising in number, they are here to stay, and they have special educational needs.
Common Links Among Visual Learners - Right brained, visual learners tend to have several things in common. They visualize images in their brain and can have long term memory of these images. They don’t usually perform well on sequential, or linear tasks (such as following multi-step instructions or long division problems). They learn information in chunks, in a holistic way. They learn much better by demonstration than by explanation. And they are naturally creative problem solvers.
- Dyslexia – My Homeschooling Story -Homeschooling Our Dyslexic Child I started homeschooling my son, Perry, in the first grade. He had gone to a half-day kindergarten and had struggled with some of the simple tasks the other children had excelled in, such as copying letters and words onto large sentence strips. Writing his name correctly, consistently, was even an anxiety-producer.
First Dyslexia Symptoms
I already knew he wasn’t learning like our older son had learned. Phonics had come easily to him, and he had practically taught himself to read at age 3½. Not so for Perry. The sounds of the English language were as foreign as hieroglyphics (actually probably more foreign than — something as visual as hieroglyphics would have been a snap in comparison).
So when we started homeschooling in first grade, I knew something wasn’t quite right. Perry, born one-month premature, had been labeled a lot of things through the years: language-delayed, central auditory processing disorder, mild autistic tendencies, social delays, etc. None of the labels seemed to be an exact fit however, for our bright, talented son. Yet something was affecting his development and his learning, and even though I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I held out hope that we would somehow figure it out as the school year went on. Finally, during our second year of homeschooling, I came across an article on dyslexia on the internet. I had always thought of dyslexia as the reading disorder where a person transposes letters. In actuality, dyslexia is a comprehensive label that encompasses a wide number of reading/writing/spelling challenges with some similar characteristics. Finally! An explanation for all the varying difficulties and “labels” our son had endured!! Not only was it a relief to identify what we were dealing with, it was also thrilling to know that we could do something about it . . . or so we thought. Dyslexia – Click to keep reading the Homeschooling Story
- Special Needs Learning -Choosing the right learning tool for a child with special needs can be a daunting task. Every child has his or her own combination of gifts, skills, needs, and difficulties with learning, so each deserves a customized learning program suited to his or her needs. Parents want learning software that their children will like. However, while there are many entertaining “educational” web sites and software learning programs, few qualify as real educational learning systems, much less as one robust enough to support the special educational requirements of children with special needs. Unlike “educational games,” a learning system provides appropriately sequenced lessons and reinforced learning in an educationally valid, engaging scope and sequence…
- Autism and Education – If you are the parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), you have probably already had your fair share of educational struggles. Most parents feel overwhelmed at one time or another. Time4Learning is an online education service often used very successfully by children on the autism spectrum. This page discusses our observations on educational issues for children with ASD and presents a specific story of how one family handles….
- Teaching ADD/ADHD Students If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, congratulations! You probably have a child who is highly creative and inventive. People diagnosed with ADHD have been known to score high on creativity tests. However, parenting a child with ADHD is not easy. Children with ADHD often struggle in school, and providing what these children really need is often a challenge. A child with ADHD may struggle with learning disorders, teasing, social interaction, problems at home, disorganization, and more. Often the struggle of the school environment overwhelms the child’s ability to learn.