Popularly known by their most common kinds: dyslexia, dyspraxia, or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, these are conditions that impair specific learning skills and can appear very early in childhood. These are called “specific learning difficulties” (SpLD).
In this episode of Chatabout Children, we talk about this range of learning-related problems that you and your child may already be facing. To talk about them and their available interventions, we’ve invited Tanya Barber.
Tanya Barber is an experienced private practice educational and developmental psychologist. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) and is a fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. She has a special interest in the comprehensive assessment of children and adolescents’ profile and the identification of their support needs. She has extensive experience in the assessment of ability (IQ), in co-learning skill in specific learning disorder, in social and emotional development, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. Tanya works very closely with parents, schools, psychiatrists, pediatricians, and intervention providers such as speech pathologists and occupational therapists in assisting children with specific learning difficulties live a meaningful life.
• The difference between a clinical psychologist and an educational and developmental psychologist
• The current state of specific learning difficulties based on Tanya’s practice
• What specific learning difficulty is
• How specific learning difficulties were called in the past
• How specific learning difficulties are diagnosed
• What IQ tests are and how children with specific learning difficulties fare with them
• What executive functioning is
• The relationship between specific learning difficulties and attention problems
• Red flags to watch on children that may have specific learning difficulties
• Some success stories of children with specific learning difficulties
• Learning styles of children with specific learning difficulties
• Tanya’s advice for educators
• How to boost a child’s self-image if he or she has a specific learning difficulty
Tanya’s number one tip for guardians of children with specific learning difficulties
Guardians should do their best to get a full assessment of the child so that a comprehensive profile of the child’s specific situation can be created. This will be a useful tool in fostering collaboration between parents, teachers, and other professionals in their shared goal of helping the child live a meaningful life despite his or her learning difficulties.
“It’s really finding that particular area [and] providing lots of positive reinforcement around that so the child can build their identity around that particular area – around their area of strength.”
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