What can I do as a parent to support my child with… Their below average processing speeds and comprehension?
- Give your child one instruction / one question / one task at a time. If there is too much information to hold in their head it can be frustrating and overwhelming.
- Encourage them / help them to pack their school bag the night before to help with forgetting equipment. It might help to have a visual tick list of what they need each day.
- Provide a clear structure to the morning routine and use a visual timetable and a timer if it’s helpful. It will help your child to know what they have to do and what time it must be completed by to leave for school on time.
- Monitor how much time your child is spending on homework and limit this to a reasonable amount of time, even if the task has not been completed.
- Encourage your child to attend homework club to receive help with the tasks and any organisation
- Support your child in keeping healthy with a balance of good eating habits, exercise and bedtime routine.
What can I do to help myself with my below average processing speeds and comprehension?
- Complete homework in a timely manner, use of homework club may help. Limit distractions such as TV/Phone when completing work at home
- Little and often will be beneficial. Lots of repetition of key concepts and recall of information
- Get someone at home to help test you on what you have learnt that day- talk it through with someone or show them what you have learned.
- Sticking to a routine, using visuals to help me if needed.
What are we doing as a school to help students with:Their below average processing speeds and comprehension?
- If we are aware of a significant slow speed of working and processing we can add this to the SEND register so teaching staff are aware of the child’s needs. We may complete a Pen Portrait with the child and you as parents to help inform teachers of how best to support your child.
- We may be able to support with specific interventions in Maths or English. Your child may benefit from some further processing practice through games such as Uno/Bananagrams/Chess
- Encourage students to come to lunchtime and afterschool clubs
- Support in the class with a whole school focus on recall and metacognition
- Support with relevant access arrangement
During the school day
- If a word processor would help with keeping up with the pace of lessons, students can use a Chromebook.
- We need to have evidence of need in a normal learning environment in order to apply for access arrangements.
- School will apply to JCQ for access arrangements for exams. This must be no earlier than May of Year 9 (within 26 months of sitting the exam).
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