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Help for my girl

Postby teddylover » Wed May 20, 2015 5:42 pm

Hi all,

I have a Primary 4 girl who has some learning issues and is struggling with her studies. She finds it hard to pay attention in school and has pretty bad handwriting. Her grades are suffering as a result. I used to think that it's just her growing up phase but it seems to be getting worse.

Any one has any recommendation on what should I do and where I can get help?

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Re: Help for my girl

Postby CatMoon » Thu May 21, 2015 11:02 am

Hi, may I ask what learning issues does she have?

While I don't exactly know what your girl is going through, I can tell you what we went through with my dd. She is now in Sec 4 Normal Acad.

Symptoms - She had always had difficulty sitting down to complete a task, was easily distracted, poor memory, terrible handwriting (still does) and poor grades. Teachers have always complained about her not completing her homework and class work and so were not able to grade her sometimes.

Diagnosis - At P4, we brought her to a private educational psychologist and got her tested. She was diagnosed with ADHD and was exempted for Chinese (as she was struggling with English and spelling, although her Chinese was ok). She is on Ritalin (to help her focus and calm her down, so she's not easily distracted).

Management - We had to micro-manage her everyday. We set up a daily routine with her and sat down to go through each lesson with her. We were her study buddies and her exam coaches (we worked closely with her teachers). And we still do.

Hope this helps. Talking to more parents about other alternatives may help you decide too.

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Re: Help for my girl

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Re: Help for my girl

Postby teddylover » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:13 am

CatMoon wrote:Hi, may I ask what learning issues does she have?

While I don't exactly know what your girl is going through, I can tell you what we went through with my dd. She is now in Sec 4 Normal Acad.

Symptoms - She had always had difficulty sitting down to complete a task, was easily distracted, poor memory, terrible handwriting (still does) and poor grades. Teachers have always complained about her not completing her homework and class work and so were not able to grade her sometimes.

Diagnosis - At P4, we brought her to a private educational psychologist and got her tested. She was diagnosed with ADHD and was exempted for Chinese (as she was struggling with English and spelling, although her Chinese was ok). She is on Ritalin (to help her focus and calm her down, so she's not easily distracted).

Management - We had to micro-manage her everyday. We set up a daily routine with her and sat down to go through each lesson with her. We were her study buddies and her exam coaches (we worked closely with her teachers). And we still do.

Hope this helps. Talking to more parents about other alternatives may help you decide too.



Thanks for sharing. Should I get her diagnosed? What would that be used for and how much would that cost?

Would Ritalin be helpful? I'm quite concerned about feeding my girl pills.

I think your idea of a daily routine is excellent and I'll get started on it soon. Think having us by her side would help her alot.

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Re: Help for my girl

Postby CatMoon » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:01 pm

For diagnosis, you may wish to either go to:
1. the polyclinic to get a referral letter for the Child Guidance Clinic at the Health Promotion Board (HPB)
2. private educational psy clinic for children (more expensive but faster waiting time)

Depending on the diagnosis, the report may be able to help you either:
1. get aided support from the school
2. MT-exemption
3. more time for PSLE

As for medication, only the doctor can determine if needed.

From our subsequent visits to the educational psychologist, she taught us several teaching strategies - like drawing up daily timetable for study, using highlighters, mind-mapping, breaking down of information, etc. Most important is ROUTINE - like same study table, same daily study timing, quiet (no TV/radio/distractions), etc.

All these are to get our kids to learn about self-expectations (completing tasks), time management and routine. So sitting down with her encourages her to organise herself.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Help for my girl

Postby nrlamira » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:20 pm

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Re: Help for my girl

Postby simshjason » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:32 am

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The method is non-intrusive where you get to understand your girl better. We also provide some guidance to the parents to show how to coach your girl in the way that fits her unique character. Micromanage your girl might not help without a clear understanding of her characteristic. We do not tell the future but rather we are able to tell you the natural gifts of your daughter.

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Hope I can help.

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