Working harder doesn't work!

Harder doesn't work!

We Tend To Think That A Child Just Needs To Work Harder To Get Better Results.

But it's not HARDER they need.  They need SMARTER. They need a way of learning that fits THEM. 

I have watched for years, as kids with various learning differences have tried to learn using traditional ways - the way others want them to -- only to have bigger LEARNING GAPS between them and their peers, a lower SELF ESTEEM and no real PROGRESS in their learning world. 

And that's why I'm here --  to help YOU understand what your child needs so they can learn successfully. so you can help your child - so we can stop the lack of progress, the loss of self esteem and to minimize the learning gaps that can happen. 

Really it's about helping YOU, so you can support YOUR child.

In other words:

  • It about stopping the frustration and fighting that comes with homework. 
  • It's about helping your child see how they learn -- so they know they can learn. 
  • It about stopping all the extra 'learning programs' that may not be helping your child.
  • It's about minimizing the other concerns that can arise such as anxiety and low self esteem.

Susan 

Grab a spot in the Summer Strategy Sessions to find out how to move towards smarter and a happier child. 

What can we do together?

Summer Strategy Sessions

Together...

Let's help kids fall in love with learning and communicating their world to others.

Let's capture what they can do and build on that. 

Let's empower them with simple plans that they can strive for.

Let's put what they need in front of them and let them learn in a way that 'fits' them.

Let's help them 'show what they know'.

Let's make a plan and set priorities -- real priorities. 

Let's show them how they can succeed and make things possible.

Let's instill in them how great they are and empower them to use their strengths.

Let's help them achieve the best they can BE. 

Are you ready? Then go to the Summer Strategy Sessions that are open right now. 

An app list is not enough

You see the Pinterest image and the title is the 10 best apps for .....(fill in the blank).  You hit the image to head to the site to see what they have listed.  

You know what I'm talking about because you've done it.  I've done it.  

I've looked at various app lists made specifically for certain age groups or learning or self care needs.  Now there are times, I love the list and can't wait to dive in more to what the apps offer but then there are times I’m disappointed.  

I’m disappointed because I’m looking for an app to help with one very specific skill (and the list doesn’t offer this).  Or the apps on the list do not provide the feedback that will help a child get their work done in the best possible way (so, it may be a 'good app' but it's not the BEST app).  

That's why an app list is a great place to start but it’s not the end of your search!  

So here's some steps to take when looking at an app list to help you decide when and how the apps that are helpful.

WHEN: You find an app that is better than the one you are using right now -- great -- get using it!  You may like an app for a period of time, because it’s working on the skill your child needs, but when a new app comes out that offers what you’ve been really looking for -- you can't help but use this app from now on. 

Here's a quick example to show you what I mean.  

When I first started working with word prediction apps, the Typ-O app was the first one on the market (as far as I could see) which was great.  It offered a few options that were helpful but the software for the laptops was still better for a number of reasons.  

As new apps came onto the market, I was very pleased with the new word prediction apps, they were getting better and better.   In fact, they were making the iPad the choice device for using word prediction --over the laptop-- due to the ease in using the apps.  My app list changed, some apps were added to my list and some were removed. 

WHEN: You may come across an app that you like in the list ...but it just doesn't help your child right now.  That's fine.  Keep track of this app and write down why you will return to the app later. 

HOW: I want you to take a look at an app list and decide:

  1. what the apps offer and what they don't offer your child -- you'll need to look at reviews, etc.
  2. what app or apps will be helpful for a very specific skills that your child needs to work on 
  3. how can an app help your child later as they develop skills  

 

If you would like to learn more about this process of searching for apps and how to use apps as a parent you are gonna love the Learn Their Way Program.  And if you are an OT and you want to design your own app list for your caseload, along with how to set up apps to make them GREAT using custom settings -- then consider joining my iPads at School Course

Susan

3 Reasons why technology seems to fail when it comes to your child's learning

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Technology is very cool.  I'm the first one to say this but it is just a tool.  It's really about the strategy and the 'fit' that matters. 

Let me explain.

Let's say your child is using an app to help them recall words - as they are struggling to recall words when they are reading.

Your child goes through the app and appears to be learning the words within this program. You are excited but as soon as you pull out their book to read the word they have been working on for weeks, the word is now a mystery to them.

You wonder why and you start to think that technology and apps really don't help at all. So you then decide to return to the traditional ways of doing things.

I get this.

But here's 3 reasons why technology may seem to fail when it comes to helping your child learn. 

1. There is no clear plan when your child is working with an app.

Yes,  you know you want your child to learn words -- but WHAT words? The app may be working on random words and these words may or may not be used in their books or be needed for their writing, etc But the fact is, there are too many words they are working on! Kids need to feel success so baby steps are needed especially when kids are first starting to learn words.

2. Your child may be using their strengths to help them learn the words on the app but when they move away from the program they don't have the strategies to help them read the word correctly.

Your child may have the ability to recall a sequence either visually or by sound. They may remember what words show up and in what sequence which allows them to read the word correctly but when the word is offered to them out of sequence -- they can't recall what the word is. This is your child using their strength so don't consider this wrong.  It's something for you to be aware of and even use in the future to help them to learn quicker.

3. Your child may be playing more than learning.

It's reallllly important to watch what your child is doing when they are working on the app. If they are randomly selecting words without really focusing on what they are doing -- they are really just 'playing' with the app to see what it will do. They may get some words correct so you might think they know it. Or...they may just like the sound the app makes when they get the wrong answer! (yup this happens!) and they may actually know the word. So relying on the app to tell you what your child knows or doesn't know --  is not the best option all the time.

So this is what I want you to do now when you ask your child to learn 'something' on an app or program:

Action step: I want you to observe what they are doing and what helps them get the correct answer or complete what they are doing.  

You can do this!

Susan

Do you want to see how you can use an app to help your child get their ideas out for writing?  Do you want to know where to start to support your child when it comes to printing and letters? Do you want to be focused and ready to chat with your child's teacher?  Sign up to visit my free resource page for Moms

Keep Your Child's Learning Positive

Is it possible to keep learning positive when your child seems to be struggling to learn? Being positive is about focusing on strengths and progress.  It's about finding a way of learning that fits your child.  

I talk about keeping it positive in my video below to help you understand what this looks like and how your child can achieve positive results when they can tap into their learning abilities. 

So do you want to keep it positive when it comes to your child's learning?  

Susan 

P.S. If you are interested in the Learn Their Way Program + Group fill out the form today. 

You are the reason I'm here!

To all the Moms out there: YOU are the reason I'm here! 

You are the reason I started Technology & Tools for kids.  I wanted to support Moms.  I want you to see all your child's abilities!

When I stepped out, I started with the usual assessments that I completed in my past school OT job because I was used to this. But as I worked with Moms I found out that:

  • They needed direction not percentages.  
  • They needed a 'focus' of what were the most outstanding concerns -- to help them step out of 'overwhelm' and into action!
  • They needed to understand what all the professional terms meant and what they could do next to help their child make gains.  

From there, I create the Strategy Sessions.  

Where YOU can get the GUIDANCE you need to help support your child's learning needs or skills (and the other concerns that can surround this) 

You are left figuring out what to do.  You are left with too many options and not enough direction.  You are overwhelmed with all the professional jargon and you just want to help your child make gains in their abilities so they can GET WHAT THEY NEED TO GET DONE!

So, if you are ready to cut through the documents and get really clear on what your child needs to make progress with their learning and school needs -- then it's time to contact me! Yup, we can chat for 15 minutes to see if I'm a good fit.  Don't wait.  

Susan