Signs your child is struggling

LOSING INTEREST: If your child is playing up, losing interest at school or asking to stay home, there may be an underlying reason. Photo: Shutterstock
LOSING INTEREST: If your child is playing up, losing interest at school or asking to stay home, there may be an underlying reason. Photo: Shutterstock

Don't wait until a school report or to be summoned to a parent-teacher meeting to learn your child is falling behind at school. Here are some signs that your child may be having difficulties with their learning.

Chief learning officer at Cluey Learning, Selina Samuels said there were some obvious signs that you may need to help your child improve their learning skills.

Ms Samuels said a child not being enthusiastic about attending school anymore could potentially be the fact they are not coping with school. They may have frequent "tummy aches" that disappear as soon as you agree that he can stay home. If your child is less than keen to discuss what they learnt at school that day, then this could also be a sign they are having problems retaining knowledge or perhaps have friendship problems in the playground. Of course if your child is a teenager - reluctance to talk about anything may be normal behaviour.

Most parents assume that a child repeatedly complaining of being bored at school is a sign that he is not being fully extended. It may also be a sign that your child is falling behind. Dismissing the work as boring is also a way for students to deflect criticism and displace responsibility. Teacher blame is an associated coping strategy. If your child blames teacher after teacher for failure to explain all the important components of a subject, there might be something else going on.

A diligent student who is no longer getting the results that they once did may try to regain their position through sheer effort. This should always be commended, but all weekend spent on homework may be a sign that they are not coping. Similarly, a student resorting to copying or plagiarism may also be a sign that they are finding it hard to keep up.

A child playing up more than usual could be a sign that their frustration and anxiety has manifested in bad behaviour. Anxiety can also manifest itself as sleeplessness and loss of appetite. In the worst cases, students might start refusing to go to school.

Visit the website clueylearning.com.au to find out how to help your child cope at school.

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