Children Learning Difficulty
A range of terms are often used to refer to children learning difficulty such as ‘intellectual disability’ and ‘learning disability’.
Children learning difficulty affect the cognitive processes related to learning and are thought to be due to variations in brain structure and function.
Students with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence and potential but experience difficulty processing information that affects learning. Although they may experience unexpected academic underachievement compared to their intellectual ability, they can still experience academic success.
When referring to ‘children learning difficulty’, the following neuro-developmental processes are affected: acquisition, organisation, retention, understanding, or use of verbal or non-verbal information including:
- oral language (e.g., listening, speaking, understanding);
- reading (e.g., decoding, phonetic knowledge, word recognition, comprehension);
- written language (e.g., spelling and written expression);
- mathematics (e.g., computation, problem solving);
- social skills (e.g., social perception, social interaction, perspective taking);
- organisational abilities.
At Catch Up Kids we address children learning difficulty issues such as emotional coping, attention, planning, inhibition, memory, flexibility, self monitoring, time management, meta-cognition, problem solving, social skills and more.
Each child is assigned a Catch Up Supervisor, an expert on children learning difficulty, which includes an experienced team of tutors who work together with the Supervisor to meet the child’s individual needs. The Supervisor will meet with the school to do an in-classroom observation of the child to assess his / her academic, social, cognitive and executive functioning skills. The classroom environment is also taken into account because of the impact it could have on the child’s learning. Observations regarding the classroom environment could include: seating arrangement, seating location, acoustics, visual distractors, temperature, noise to name a few.
Once assessments and observations have been completed the Supervisor will design an individual education programme to fit the needs of the child. Meetings, workshops and observations will occur regularly to assess progress and make changes as the child masters certain skills.
The Catch Up team consists of professionals who will be allocated to a child and provide 1 on 1 sessions depending on the child’s specific programme.
Our Catch Up professionals receive exemplar instructional skills from our Catch Up trainers. They are empowered to create the dynamic and rewarding learning experiences that fundamentally transform our student’s academic aptitudes and overall cognitive abilities.
The Catch Up team looks at the ‘whole’ child and therefore considers all aspects of development when working with children learning difficulty issues. We also look at how the child’s confidence and self-esteem affects his / her learning. We focus on children learning difficulty questions for example, “what motivates him / her?”, “what reinforcement opportunities are available at school?”, “what learning strategies are already in place at school and how can we work with the teacher to consistently implement these strategies successfully?” or “how can I as the teacher or catch up co-ordinator follow through with demands when non-compliance occurs?”