My Child is developing correctly !

Parents try to provide best food, engage in different activities, provide best medical support, teachers etc. but still many of them have doubt and always have a question in their mind that whether my child is developing in the right way or not.

Mostly the nature always do its working and develop every individual as per its procedure and rules. We can observe that physical growth, development of language sense, vision, hearing and many more thing are naturally driven and could not be controlled by outside factors normally. There are individual differences as every individual have its own pace , environment, reception and reactions etc. But it is important to have watch in case of continuous and sustained differences in developmental milestones and learning process in comparison with average individuals of similar age group and may require professional support and guidance for intervention if any required.

To have general idea of child development, parents and teachers can easily understand the growth path by developing understanding towards developmental milestones and major developmental areas. In this write up we are discussing a few facts about developmental areas and continue it in a series with age wise discussion of major developmental areas.

Naturally biological body develops in its size and activities with continuous nourishment. In general there is a proportion of height and weight age wise which remain in a range and shows average growth of similar age children. The following child may give a idea of the same. Small variations are natural but if vast variations are observed, consultation with a health professional may provide support in the matter.

We will continue the series with other topics. Next will be Gross and Fine Motor Skills.

Best of Education for my Child

Subject of parenting is not taught anywhere. We all try to do our best for our children, which we gather from our own experiences, sharing to thoughts, observations etc. Education of children always remains a key area of concern for the parents and they want to provide best to their children. But the Basic Question arises : WHAT IS BEST OF EDUCATION FOR MY CHILD ?

Knowledge is not enough, skills to you knowledge are more essentials !

To fulfill the dream of a good and happy lifestyle in future for our children, we often try to select branded schools and colleges, best books, best of teachers etc. and we put best of our efforts to provide everything unique to them to be successful. This may be helpful in educational and vocational development of the child but are not the criteria of getting best out of them. 

We are of the opinion that the basic purpose of education is to enable every child to support him or herself for healthy and happy living, being civilized and developing and applying skills to earn their bread and butter with contribution to society. For this, only imparting knowledge from books is not enough. As no one can read without eyes or hear without ears, similarly the all the knowledge to develop and to use, needs some of the skills to learn at its best and perform better than average. FIRST STEP TO DO THIS IS DEVELOPING ESSENTIAL LEARNING SKILLS.

During early years of education, inspite of directly imparting educational contents, if we first focus on opening several windows and doors to grasp through our senses, to analyze in different ways, to interpret in different ways, our children will become more intelligent,   creative, better learners and performers during the coming years. 

To better understand these learning skills, we first need to understand some basics of development and learning. Not only after birth of the child, even during the pregnancy, children receive input through their senses and their brain stores, process and reciprocate or respond.   

Every child is learning in his or her own way.

Therefore the perceptual skill development is the first area which should be developed through various activities which enables overall development of the child and provides option to analyze the combined experiences perceived through different senses. This not only opens the doors of learning but also enriches visualization skills, memory, processing skills etc. which makes learning easy and fun.

Second important area of learning skills is development of language skills. We know that some of the language skills do not requires training  as brain naturally receive visual images and sounds, gather information’s, stores them and responds when out put is expected. This is the reason why speaking and comprehending native languages primarily not require any specific training. But to read and write a language, we need to learn it by specific coding and decoding visuals and sounds. These foundations stones of languages makes the reading and writing a soft experience though out the process of gaining knowledge of various subject areas. These reading and writing skills are the only way of communication other than speaking, through which expressions can be comprehended.  So focusing on fundamentals of the languages are very important.

We hope, this discussion will be helpful to understand the need of providing skills with knowledge for the best of the educational development of students. We will continue this discussion on different related topics in our coming posts. 

Learning Disability or Difficulty

Learning   is   a continuous   process.  During   the   process  of  educational development, individual children have  different ways of learning and also face some or the other problems naturally. But some time the continuity of the  problem persist  and start  effecting education and other issues. This is the point where intervention by an expert is required to help and improve. 

‘They put me in the slow class – NOW who am I supposed to copy from?’

But before starting remediation for learning issues, if it is identified well that basically the problem is arising as difficulty due to poor orientation or opportunity of learning the concept, faulty teaching, dis-interest etc. or the child is learning it again and again yet not able to perform. This is the area where we find a thin line between learning difficulty and disability which support in making best learning plans for individuals with different cause of problems with similar errors or problems.

In cases with learning difficulties, mostly we can see that learners are not able to read, spell, calculate, write etc. properly because they have not learned it well and needs to get help to learn essential fundamentals systematically. Proper teaching and revision make them learn and perform with gradual and sustained improvements and coping up with new contents with lessor support. But in cases where children suffer from learning disabilities, they really struggle not only in performing but also in learning the fundamental concepts and keeping up the same to jump to next stage of learning. Due to these difference, we need to select different set of intervention techniques for the remediation of learning issues. 

It is always suggestive that a consultation or assessment with an expert to better find out the cause of learning problems, may work well then just trying to provide simple tutoring support or repetition of learning or many other trial and error methods for sustained improvement in performance.