Behaviour problems are a symptom
Most behaviour problems are caused by shame avoidance. No one likes doing things they aren’t good at, especially in front of a room full of your peers. If it happened in your job you would quit and go do something different.
Please watch this video to hear some kids explain what they do to avoid shame and so you can gain an understanding of what it’s like.
Most of the kids who come to us do so because the teacher has told the parents that the child is becoming a behaviour problem in the classroom.
Behaviour problems are a symptom–not the cause!
What is the cause? If my car won’t run, I don’t call it a bad car and punish it. I find out why it won’t run so I can fix it. Is it out of gas? Does it have a flat tire? Is it a loose hose?
Just like car problems are easy to fix when you know what’s wrong, so are behaviour problems.
The Cause of Behaviour Problems
In school, children learn in two ways, and only two ways. They learn by listening and by reading. If there is something that is preventing them from comprehending what they hear and read, they cannot learn.
If you have been told that your child is a visual or kinesthetic learner, you need to do something to change that. That means he or she is not good at listening and/or reading and must rely on figuring things out based on looking at it or touching it. You can look at and touch a frog but you still need someone to tell you what it is, where it comes from, and everything else about it.
Our world, in this century at least, is designed for auditory learners. As an adult, your job involves communication through oral or written language. I knew a janitor who was fired because he couldn’t read the label on chemical bottles. The boss tells his or her staff what to do, and is probably not very willing to draw pretty pictures and diagrams so the visual learners understand.
In order to be a self-sufficient adult, your child needs to learn how to listen and read well.
So, what is your child struggling with that is causing him or her to act out in class? One weak cognitive ability can have a huge impact on a student’s ability to learn in a classroom.
Is it a weakness in reading, listening, comprehension, attention, memory, visual processing, or auditory processing? You can’t tell by looking at the kid any more than you can tell if he knows how to swim or climb a tree. Cognitive abilities need to be tested.
The Solution for Behaviour Problems
When your child is a better learner, the behaviour problems will melt away.
Where does learning happen? In the brain, of course. All of our programs strengthen the brain.
If you had weak knees but wanted to be a better skier, you would go to the gym and strengthen your knees. More skiing lessons are not the solution if your knees are weak.
If something in your brain is not what it needs to be, more teaching won’t solve it. You need to go to the brain fitness gym and strengthen those weak brain skills.
All of our programs train the brain.
Assessment and Parent Consultation
Our fun and insightful assessment will determine what needs to be strengthened. Then, in the Parent Consultation, we will be able to determine which program is most suitable for your child.