While struggling with a child who has a language delay, accommodations have to be made. Some kids are more visual, others auditory, while still others need to manipulate their world. My son is visual/auditory, AND needs to be DOING in order to get it. This is tough! Sound confusing? Let me explain.
It can take my 11 year old three HOURS to COPY two sentences from a source to paper. That’s with printing–not even writing in cursive. Can he write? Yes. Beautifully. He just struggles through the source-eyes-brain-pencil-paper process. When you think about it that way though, you can see that writing is actually rather complicated.
Lately the struggle has been with spelling. He LOVES spelling! Both of my boys do. We use SpellingCity.com. I have all of their spelling lists already entered for the year, and assignments set up for the next few weeks. They work on spelling and vocabulary exercises online every day, and take a spelling and vocab test on either Thursday or Friday depending on how fast they get through the activities.
But he’s been getting 70-75% on his spelling lately. I realized that while the physical WRITING issue is circumvented by typing on the computer, he isn’t “getting” his words set in his mind very well. Enter SpellingCity again. They have this nifty little activity called Handwriting.
You go into this feature, set it to the writing style you prefer, and tell it to print out your child’s list as a handwriting page. I LOVE IT. Even though this is my son’s biggest area weakness, it is a NEED. He has to write the words in order to cement them correctly in his mind, and we get penmanship taken care of at the same time. Bonus!
I said all of that to say this: You know your child best. Sometimes you need to push, just a little bit, in their area of weakness in order to strengthen their skills. Build on the strengths, work around the really big hard stuff (like writing, for us), but don’t be afraid to push.
Muscles grow stronger with work. Weaknesses grow stronger when they are left alone. In order to over come a weakness (or make it a less weak area) you need to help build on it. Step by step, little by little. Special needs are unique, but don’t let them define your kids. Sometimes the need is to try something a bit different, or harder. Just a little bit.
Disclosure: I received no compensation of any kind for this post. I didn’t even plan on writing it ABOUT SpellingCity, it just happened that way. I am not at affiliate of SpellingCity.com, although I wish I was! 🙂