When you have a child in school, you know that there can be some good days and some bad days. Children can sometimes be excited about going to school and sometimes they may fight hard against going. However, if you come to find that your child consistently does not want to go to school and you find out from their teachers that they are struggling in the classroom, you may wonder what you can possibly do to help them get on track in school and actually want to be there. Get to know some of the steps that you can take to help determine what is causing your child trouble in school so that you can help them overcome their struggles.
Get Their Hearing Tested
Sometimes, you can find an entirely physical cause for your child's struggles in school. Hearing loss can be one of those physical causes. If your child cannot hear what their teacher is saying when trying to teach or give instructions, they are not going to learn the concepts that they should.
Your child's teacher may also mistake your child's inability to hear them with a behavior problem or a lack of listening skills. As such, your child may be getting into trouble but not know why or will begin to act out even more.
Getting their hearing tested is a quick and easy step to take to look for a cause of your child's difficulties. If it does turn out to be their hearing that is causing trouble, then you can get them fitted for hearing aids as well as have your child moved to a seat closer to their teacher so that they have the opportunities they need to succeed in school.
Have Comprehensive Psychological Testing Completed
Aside from physical causes, there can be mental and emotional causes for school woes. In order to determine if this is the case, you will want to take your child to a psychologist for comprehensive psychological testing.
There are many types of psychological tests that can be performed on your child. One such test is an intelligence assessment. Intelligence assessments (IQ tests) can help to determine if your child has an area of difficulty that is causing them to struggle in school. Additionally, if your child has a high IQ score, you may be looking at a situation in which their trouble is due to boredom which can easily be addressed with tutoring or changing grade levels.
Other psychological testing assesses your child's personality traits and behavior traits. These tests can find out if your child suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, or other mental or behavioral disorders that can be treated through counseling and medication.
Now that you know a few of the steps that you can take when your child is having trouble in school, you can be sure that you are doing everything possible to get your child back on track.