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By Dina Halaseh, Educational Psychologist

As parents, we sit and meet our children’s teachers and hear all sorts of feedback, some may be positive while most may be negative.

What to look for in a teacher’s feedback
We usually find that the main concern is related to a certain skill or a combination of some. In general, all of our skills work together, so a weakness in one area can manifest itself in many different ways.

Here are some of the common sentences we might hear from a teacher at school:
Your child needs extra time to finish a task Usually when extra time is mentioned, this means that there is an issue with slow processing speed. Processing speed is how fast we can deal with information especially under stress. Some students may need more time in finishing tasks and might even struggle to finish exams on time
Your child doesn’t WRITE enough sentences compared to other classmates- full sentences are not used
Writing, reading and all literacy skills relate to auditory processing. This is our ability to analyse, blend, segment and manipulate sounds to master a language. Students struggling with auditory processing usually tend to struggle with reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, and in many cases, even speech!
Your child is very smart if only there were more FOCUS and effort put in. Your child is DISTRACTED while doing a task and always needs to be prompted
This is an obvious one, when discussing focus and being distracted and is clearly related to Attention skills. There are many types of attention, we discussed them in previous articles. Attention includes Divided Attention (the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time), Selective Attention (the ability to focus on one thing and ignoring all distractions) and Sustained Attention (the ability to focus for a long period of time)
It seems like your child didn’t study enough. Your child COULDN’T RECALL THE MATERIAL
Recalling information goes back to our memory skills! Long-Term memory and Working Memory both play a huge role in remembering information. In many cases, students tend to forget, even though they worked hard and really studied the subject thoroughly
Your child is all over the place, personal items are NOT WELL ORGANISED-TIME MANAGEMENT is an issue as well
Organisation and time management skills may be an indication of a weakness in Logic and Reasoning. The latter is needed to deal with abstract information and data analysis. It helps us build connections between different ideas, organise, plan and conclude different ideas from given information and data
Visual processing is the skill needed to understand graphics, visualise material, read maps, understand directions and much more. It can even affect their math skills when dealing with geometry and other related topics. We covered how we can help children raise their visual processing a few months ago in Family Flavours
Your child is READING BELOW GRADE LEVEL. Make sure you read a book on a daily basis
This also goes back to the child’s Auditory processing skills, which can be enhanced! The brain can actually rewire itself in a way that a struggling reader can become a skilled one!
Your child is STRUGGLING WITH MATHEMATICAL concepts, especially multi-step questions
and equations
A math weakness can relate to LOGIC & REASONING, PROCESSING SPEED, or both at the same time! Children struggling in these areas might find math challenging and need extra time and effort to understand it
These are only some of the weaknesses you might be hearing about from your child’s teacher. All of these skills can be improved and turned into strengths when challenged and worked on! Make sure you find out the reason behind the weakness so you can target the areas needed for a better school year!

You can contact Dina Halaseh at