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Working on Your Child’s Strengths

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Your child has many abilities and strengths. Most parents think their child is exceptional in some way, and they are right! Each child is born with a unique set of abilities and strengths. Parents should take the time to discover what these are and help their children develop them.

One way to do this is by spending time together doing things that interest the child. This could be anything from playing a sport or game to reading or creating something together. Another way to help children grow into who they are meant to be is by giving them opportunities to try new things. Let them explore their interests and see what they are good at.

Of course, parents also need to provide guidance and support as children learn and grow. It’s important to praise your child for their accomplishments, big or small, as this will help boost their confidence. Maybe he can draw beautifully or has an amazing vocabulary. Maybe she has great listening skills or is an incredible athlete and team player. Be sure to notice those talents and tell them you see them excelling at something.

Often, I feel like my students’ parents are so consumed by their kids’ deficits in reading that they forget the things their children can do well. (Teachers are guilty of this, too.) If your child is artistic, use that talent at home as a way for your child to show understanding of a story you read aloud; draw a picture of the problem in the story or draw the main character. Just because your child has a word decoding weakness or messy handwriting or poor spelling doesn’t mean you can’t push him or her to achieve their best through a variety of venues. Allowing, and encouraging, your children to use their strengths will boost their confidence. A child who is bright academically but lacks confidence in school may turn to activities and hobbies that are not as academic. This can lead to a disconnect between the child’s intellectual strengths and actual performance in school.

Help your child with reading through simple interventions.

Reading is an important skill that children need to learn in order to be successful in school. However, for some children, reading can be a challenging task. If your child is having difficulty reading, there are things you can do to help him or her improve reading skills.

First, make sure your child is getting enough sleep. A good night’s sleep helps improve focus and concentration, which are both important for reading.

Second, provide your child with plenty of opportunities to read aloud. Reading out loud helps children learn how words sound and develop a better understanding of what they are reading.

Third, help your child practice decoding words by teaching him or her phonics rules. Phonics teaches children the relationships between letters and the sounds they make.

Fourth, provide your child with lots of practise reading books at different levels of difficulty. Make sure to choose books that are not too easy and not too difficult. For example, I found that non-fiction magazines for children are often a good choice because they are made for different age levels.

Helping children with reading can be a very rewarding experience for both the child and the adult. There are many ways to help children with reading, and no one way is necessarily better than any other. It is important to find what works best for both the child and the adult and to keep practicing regularly. With a little bit of effort, anyone can help a child become a successful reader.

The Regina Reading Clinic combines research-based and evidence-based strategies into a program fully tailored to the needs of each child. Expert Speech and Language Pathologists, Registered Psychologists, Licensed Educators, and Counsellors work together to help your child read with confidence. Why wait? Contact an STG Professional today!

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