During COVID-19, parents are challenged with the task of supporting their children’s studies as they contend with online classrooms and homework. We can certainly acknowledge our teachers have done a phenomenal job at adapting their classroom setting to a virtual one, but a struggling reader or learning problem is hard for a teacher in a remote setting to solve. So, the burden is placed on the parent’s shoulders to bear.
Fortunately, there are multiple avenues to take to help your child feel empowered and gain a better foothold with their online learning. By now, most parents have equipped their child with a fast internet connection, new computer, and quiet learning environment. What else is there left to do?
Encouragement & Support
As much as we’re all under a lot of stress, your child depends on your never-ending support & love. You don’t need to turn to gifts or money to make a child feel appreciated. A personal touch like their favorite snack, quality time, and compliments can go far with anyone.
Digital Eye Strain
Eye fatigue from excessive smartphone/computer usage isn’t unique to children — it affects everyone. Not only do our eyes need a rest from the computer, but digital devices reduce our blinking rate, which also results in dry eye symptoms. Take frequent breaks & stretch your eye muscles by looking out a window once in a while.
Did your child ever have a functional vision evaluation?
While a child who is really struggling at learning can require the help of an educational therapist or tutor, a key step to identifying what’s holding your child back in their studies is addressing their vision — 80 of learning is visual!
We often find children who have struggled in the classroom as “C” students because their vision was never evaluated by an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy.
If your child has an underlying vision problem, no amount of tutoring or work with other specialists will address or treat the problem effectively or at all.