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My Specialist Experience Teaching Children with Processing and Retention Difficulties

When working with children with Processing and Retention difficulties it is imperative to work on their confidence first to ensure that the learner knows that they capable and that they are valued - aspects that may have been affected by poor previous learning experiences. It is important to clarify instructions, use strategies to break instructions down and allow the student to record or have written/visual instructions for reference. After any listening task, the child should be given time to ask questions or write down anything they didn't understand for clarity later. I would always ensure that work is bespoke and created to support the particular processing and retention difficulties of the child, such as: engaging with the students interests and including these in their work, reducing distractions (for example, covering the page and only showing the relevant information, avoiding blocks of text), having printouts to draw, underline or highlight, using 'fill the gap' activities rather than long writing tasks, planning sheets for creative writing, active listening (this can be fun and creative!) and short, repetitive assignments. There are different strategies that can be used to support children with processing and retention difficulties; each child is different and will benefit from a bespoke approach to supporting them and their needs.

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