Early Intervention For Children With Learning Difficulties Is Important
It's estimated that 5 percent of all children deal with some form of learning difficulty. As a parent, this can make you feel helpless and lost. You don't have to be. As their primary advocate, the best thing you can do is get your child the help they need and to do so as early as possible. This early intervention can prove invaluable to your child's potential.
With Waiting Comes Progression
The problem with waiting when you suspect your child has a learning challenge is progression. While the specific difficulty they are dealing with may not necessarily advance, its effects could progress. For instance, take a child that is dealing with self-confidence concerns due to their inability to keep up at the same pace as their classmates.
The longer you wait to get help, the greater their self-confidence concerns may become. Problems with a lack of confidence won't just have a short-term effect on their academic performance, but also on their long-term academic performance and social engagement.
Create A Plan For The Future
For children with learning disabilities, there are two paths. Some children will grow out of the condition, but then there are some children whose condition transitions with them into adulthood. For children in the latter category, a plan for the future is imperative. Early intervention can aid in this area.
With early intervention, education specialists with work you to develop an individualized learning plan that will provide you with helpful tips to navigate through the stage your child is at, while also creating steps to assist your child in the years ahead. This information is especially important as your child ages, as it will give you an idea of what to expect.
Ensure Proper Development
Getting your child the help they need early will also ensure that your child meets their developmental goals. Particularly during the primary years, there are developmental milestones that need to be met to ensure success. Many of these developmental goals serve as somewhat of a staircase, meaning that an inability to meet one milestone will affect their ability to meet the next.
When your child gets the assistance they need, they will be able to more easily meet these goals, which will in turn increase the likelihood of your child meeting their future developmental goals.
If you suspect your child has a learning difficulty, it is imperative that you take action. Sit down with an education specialist to express your concerns and create a plan of action to get your child the help they need to progress forward, successfully.