Gaps in a child’s learning can look like
- struggles with language such as appropriate use of tenses, verbs or nouns
- struggles with asking questions, making requests
- struggles with labelling what they see in the environment
- struggles with recognising social cues
Gaps in learning can often lead to challenging behaviour. Children act out to cover up the gaps that they have. For example, the child who hits others when they get annoyed may not yet have developed the language to express how they feel. The child who struggles with their sentences has difficulty completing conversations and may avoid social contact. Other people become less valuable to him because he cannot express himself to them.
We complete a vigorous assessmentprocess with our families in order to understand where their child’s gaps lie. Following that we design interventions aimed at filling those gaps. Our interventions don’t look like sitting at a table and teaching, they involve using as many resources as we need to motivate and engage the children we are with and make filling those gaps a fun process.