Learning Issues

Every adolescent will be unique in the way he/she would prefer to learn, and may face different difficulties while learning. Common learning difficulties that have been identified in school aged children include:
 
  1. Difficulty with reading/writing
  2. Poor time management
  3. Problems in organizing material
  4. Difficulties in attention and concentration 
  5. Problems in understanding and applying concepts 
  6. Issues related with anxiety during learning and test-taking
  7. Easy distractibility
  8. Deficits in working memory 
  9. Underdeveloped learning styles and preferences. 
 
Parents can play a very important role in facilitating their child's learning and academic success. As a parent, it is very important to be able to provide support to the adolescent and create an environment where he/she can discuss the issues and feel accepted. Some guidelines towards working with the adolescents who may be facing problems in learning include:
 
  • Addressing Difficulties: Parents can help adolescents to address their difficulties, with an openness and a positive attitude, and by using problem-solving as a technique. 
  • Promoting Self-esteem: A parent can significantly contribute by encouraging the adolescent and enhancing his/her self-esteem and morale, so that they can cope better with the situation. 
  • Providing Empowerment: Parents can help empower the adolescent to look at the problems with a new and different perspective, thus, helping them to explore their own preferences and effective strategies while learning. 
  • Seeking Guidance: Appropriate assessments and guidance by clinical experts can significantly help the adolescent, providing validation and scope for working on the deficits. 
 
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Anonymous