Language and auditory processing deficits affect ability to learn language and math concepts and solve problems. Students may have receptive or expressive language problems that can substantially affect their learning and ability to express what they do not understand or show how they solved problems.
1. Partner with Teachers to Manage Language and Auditory Processing DeficitsAll parents must be actively involved in their children's education. This is especially true with learning disabled children. Ask teachers to:
- Teach you the specific strategies they are using successfully with your child that can also be used at home.
- Send you detailed instructions for homework.
- Show you examples of good work to clarify their expectations.
- Provide you with scoring criteria to specify exactly what they want your child to do.
Use this information to help your child understand instructions and accurately complete his homework.
2. Use Hands-on Materials to Improve Your Child's Math ComprehensionImprove your child's understanding of math concepts:
- Use familiar objects to set up and solve math problems. Items such as money, cereal or candy, or other small objects can be used to demonstrate concepts such as adding, subtracting, greater than, less than, and equal to.
- Teach using multisensory methods to stimulate your child's thinking skills.
- Consider using flash cards or computerized math toys and software with visual and auditory prompts, such as the the GeoSafari Math Whiz, a portable game that teaches like electronic flash cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It also works as calculator.
3. Re-Write Word Problems to Enhance Auditory Comprehension
- Write the most important sentence first.
- Reduce the words sentences, leaving only those important to solving the problem.
- Use simple sentence structure such as: Subject/Verb/Object.
- Use only words the student already knows and can visualize.
- Avoid pronouns, Use specific words.
- Use simple commands where "You" is implied, such as "Add these numbers."
- Use active sentences such as, "Joe drove the car." Avoid passive sentences such as, "The car was driven by Joe."
- Avoid double negatives such as, "There are no cars that are not red."