Tip 2: Identify how your child learns best

Helping children with learning disabilities Tip 2:
Identify how your child learns best

Everyone—learning disability or not—has their own unique learning style. Some people learn best by seeing or reading, others by listening, and still others by doing. You can help a child with a learning disability by identifying his or her primary learning style.

Is your child a visual learner, an auditory learner, or a kinesthetic learner? Once you’ve figured out how he or she learns best, you can take steps to make sure that type of learning is reinforced in the classroom and during home study. The following lists will help you determine what type of learner your child is.

Is your child a visual learner?

  • If your child is a visual learner, he or she:
  • Learns best by seeing or reading
  • Does well when material is presented and tested visually, not verbally
  • Benefits from written notes, directions, diagrams, charts, maps, and pictures
  • May love to draw, read, and write; is probably a good speller

Is your child an auditory learner?

If your child is an auditory learner, he or she:

  • Learns best by listening
  • Does well in lecture-based learning environments and on oral reports and tests
  • Benefits from classroom discussions, spoken directions, study groups
  • May love music, languages, and being on stage

Is your child a kinesthetic learner?

If your child is a kinesthetic learner, he or she:

  • Learns best by doing and moving
  • Does well when he or she can move, touch, explore, and create in order to learn
  • Benefits from hands-on activities, lab classes, props, skits, and field trips
  • May love sports, drama, dance, martial arts, and arts and crafts
Studying Tips for Different Types of Learners
Tips for visual learners:

  • Use books, videos, computers, visual aids, and flashcards.
  • Make detailed, color-coded or highlighted notes.
  • Make outlines, diagrams, and lists.
  • Use drawings and illustrations (preferably in color).
  • Take detailed notes in class.
Tips for auditory learners:

  • Read notes or study materials out loud.
  • Use word associations and verbal repetition to memorize.
  • Study with other students. Talk things through.
  • Listen to books on tape or other audio recordings.
  • Use a tape recorder to listen to lectures again later.
Tips for kinesthetic learners:

  • Get hands on. Do experiments and take field trips.
  • Use activity-based study tools, like role-playing or model building.
  • Study in small groups and take frequent breaks.
  • Use memory games and flash cards.
  • Study with music on in the background.

Source: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/learning-disabilities/helping-children-with-learning-disabilities.htm

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