Children learn in unique ways and at their own pace. They may sometimes require additional learning support, as a supplement to what is being taught in the classroom. While some children show temporary gaps which need to be addressed, other children may have specific learning difficulties. This type of support aims to address gaps in their understanding, and helps to solidify foundational concepts. It provides an opportunity for children to further develop their academic skills. The aim is to give children the specific support they require, in order to help them achieve their unique potential. The level and type of support provided is tailored specifically to the individual needs of each child.
Learning support sessions endeavour to accommodate a child’s specific learning style. These may include the following:
- Kinesthetic/ Tactile: A style that involves learning through movement and physical activities. These children learn best through touching and doing.
- Auditory: A learning style that focusses on hearing and listening. These children learn best through hearing and speaking.
- Visual: This involves learning through reading, seeing information, or visualising concepts.
An informal assessment is administered to determine a child’s dominant learning style. Often, a child learns best through a combination of learning styles. A multi-sensory approach is used, which helps to develop learning in a manner which is fun and engaging. Children are also taught strategies to help them learn effectively. Parents are seen as partners in the process of supporting their child’s learning, and interventions for the home and school environment may need to be addressed to help a child flourish.