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Bright Children Who Struggle to Learn
Volume 68, Program 13
6/28/2006
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Some children are obviously bright—but they struggle with routine assignments like taking a test. Learn about one possible reason for this, on today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Smith and HSLDA Special Needs Coordinator Dianne Craft.

    Mike Smith:
    Dianne, some of our listeners may have children who really learn differently than their siblings. They struggle with typical school assignments such as filling out worksheets. What might be causing these children to struggle?

    Dianne Craft:
    Mike, I call these learners “kids who are gifted with a glitch.” Sometimes we think of them as smart kids who hate to write. It’s like they have a little two-by-four between their head and their hands. They know what they want to say but it just doesn’t come to them when they have a pencil in their hand. We say they have an energy leak in their writing system. Many times parents call them sloppy or unmotivated, not that I mean to be cruel, but it seems that way—when in reality they have a glitch in their visual motor system, which is one of our four learning gates. Oftentimes these children make reversals longer or they write their letters bottom to top, and they do clockwise o’s, all sorts of things that give us information about that. What can we do to help them? Do a lot less writing—a lot more things orally at home.

    Mike:
    That’s very helpful, Dianne. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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