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Empowering Your Child’s Learning Journey: Recognising the Need for Academic Learner Support (Remedial Therapy)

Every child’s learning journey is unique, and as parents, we play a crucial role in nurturing their academic growth and development. However, some children may face challenges that require specialised support to reach their full potential. In South Africa, academic learner support, commonly known as remedial therapy, is an invaluable resource that can empower children to overcome obstacles and excel in their studies. In this article, we will explore key indicators that can help parents recognise when their child may benefit from academic learner support.

Persistent Academic Struggles:

If your child consistently faces difficulties in their schoolwork, whether it’s understanding key concepts, completing assignments, or achieving satisfactory grades, it may be time to consider academic learner support. Remedial therapy can provide targeted interventions to address learning gaps and build a strong foundation for future success.

Reading and Writing Challenges:

Struggling with reading, writing, or spelling can be signs of learning differences like dyslexia. Academic learner support offers specialised techniques and resources to help children with dyslexia and other related challenges to improve their literacy skills and confidence.

Mathematics Frustrations:

If your child finds math concepts confusing or demonstrates anxiety towards mathematics, it may indicate a need for extra support. Remedial therapists use tailored approaches to help children grasp mathematical concepts and develop problem-solving skills.

Attention and Concentration Issues:

Children experiencing difficulty focusing, maintaining attention, or completing tasks may have attention-related challenges. Remedial therapy can equip them with strategies to improve focus, executive functioning, and overall academic performance.

Low Self-Esteem and Motivation:

Academic struggles can take a toll on a child’s self-esteem and motivation. If your child expresses feelings of inadequacy or disinterest in school, seeking academic learner support can foster a positive learning environment, reignite their passion for learning, and boost self-confidence.

Uneven Academic Progress:

A significant discrepancy between your child’s potential and actual academic performance might indicate the need for additional support. Remedial therapy can identify and address the root causes of these inconsistencies, helping your child achieve a more balanced and fulfilling educational experience.

Learning Disabilities or Disorders: 

If your child has been diagnosed with a specific learning disability or disorder, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder, a remedial therapist with expertise in that area can provide targeted interventions.

Teacher or Professional Recommendations: 

If teachers, school psychologists, or other professionals express concerns about your child’s academic or developmental progress, it might be a good time to consider consulting a remedial therapist.

As parents, our ultimate goal is to provide the best possible opportunities for our children’s academic and personal growth. Recognising the signs that your child may benefit from academic learner support (remedial therapy) can be a game-changer for their education journey. By seeking early intervention and partnering with a reputable school offering these specialised services, parents can empower their children to overcome challenges and unlock their full potential. At Glenoaks School, we are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based academic learner support to help every child thrive academically and embrace their unique strengths. Together, let’s pave the way for a brighter future for our children.

Written by Sonelle Gerneke 

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