Helping kids who are struggling in school

Helping kids who are struggling in school

Is your child learning at a pace that’s right for his or her age group? Here are some learning milestones to help you decide if your child needs additional attention.

If your child is struggling with his or her studies at school, it’s important for you and your child’s teacher to talk with one another and see if you can come up with a solution.

Work with your child’s teacher and map out a plan to give your child the extra support he or she needs - at home and at school. Ask about special education programs and other types of support that are designed to help kids who are having difficulties in school, and work those into your plan.

Your school board, the Greater Sudbury Public Library, Frontier College and the Learning Disabilities Association offer support with homework, summer programs and tutoring that can also help for your child.

Online homework help and tutoring programs are also available. The Ministry of Education has compiled this list of online tutoring programs.

If your child continues to struggle, despite the extra help, you may want to think about asking for a formal assessment. The Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Ontario (available in English only) is another helpful resource.

If you think your child may have a learning disability, the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury (705-522-0100) offers a wide range of services, including one-on-one support for families, and workshops for children, parents and teachers. This article about helping kids with learning disabilities, outlines the steps you can take to make sure your child gets the support he or she needs.

Children with learning challenges oftentimes have trouble with social skills - which, in turn, can lead them to feeling isolated and lonely.  Parents and teachers can use the information in this article to help children with social skills.

As well, children with short attention spans or poor memory can face all sorts of special challenges at school and at home. Learn what to watch for, and if you see your child showing signs of poor attention or memory, discuss this with his or her teacher. And, check out these strategies that can improve attention and memory at home and in the classroom.




This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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