Children who are slow learners are often written-off as lazy or dim-witted by many. However, it’s important to understand their special needs and help them overcome their learning disability. After all, learning difficulties not only interfere with their education and personal life but is likely to trigger feelings of doubt and low self-worth too. Therefore, it becomes imperative for parents and teachers to help these children. One solution for this condition is to opt for brain training.
What is brain training?
It refers to teaching programs that are based on scientific reading and learning principles that have been researched and developed by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. The aim of such programs is to address the root causes of learning difficulties, and not just the symptoms. Additionally, they seek to develop speedily and significantly those underlying mental skills that are responsible for effective learning.
What does it involve?
Brain Teaser Games
These may involve quizzes, interesting exercises like grouping similar pictures, numerical exercises with everyday items like foods, grocery lists etc. These games are known to offer constant stimulation to the child’s brain, making it respond better and faster. Just as your muscles benefit from exercises, these brain teaser games will give your child’s brain some much-needed exercise, thus help improve his/her memory power and encouraging faster processing.
This involves The Listening Program (TLP), which is based on Dr. Albert Tomatis’s principles. This therapy uses sound and music stimulation method, which retrain the auditory pathways and the ear for improved attention, learning, sensory integration and communication.
Games/CDs for Logical Reasoning Skills
You can find CDs and online sites offering interactive games that encourage development of logical reasoning skills such as classification, exclusion, deductive/inductive reasoning, patterning and conjunction, among others.
These activities focus on various aspects of visual-spatial skills and aim to work on visual memory, visualization, mental rotation, spatial orientation, visual tracking and multi-perspective coordination, among other skills. Developing the visual-spatial skills can especially help children struggling with math and science.
All these brain games and activities are fun and interactive – each designed to engage and challenge the child. They are usually available for multiple training levels – starting from easy to moderate and challenging, with an objective of keeping the child’s brain training program interesting. If you want to get your child to undergo such training under the supervision of professionals, you can search for academic tutoring centers offering them. The programs for slow learners in these centers are designed to include a variety of these games and sessions as mentioned above, and track their improvement regularly, adjusting the program on the way, if needed, to keep the child motivated and interested.