Children with slow learning is a student with a low ability to learn. They need a longer time to learn compared to other students of the same age. A condition induces low performance in academics and sometimes causing bullying in their social lives. In some cases, slow learners cause by the Intelectual Question factor. Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon stated in their research children with IQ between 50 to 69 can be categorized as slow learners. They become hard to teach and mentally weak, but even if they able to teach, they will need a longer time to grasp the lesson, and the result still lower than other normal children of the same age.
In general, children with slow learners will hard to pass the basic standard from any lesson they get. We can identify slow learner characteristics by doing observations on their daily activity such as mental growth, intellectual, social, economic, personality, and learning proses in the school. We can analyze the observation result to get a concrete indication and the reason why the children had difficulty in learning at school or at home.
Sometimes slow learner child hard to identify since some of them doesn’t have any symptom like other mental retardation syndromes. That’s why sometimes they don’t get proper education, so they often get difficulty in the
class. That’s why they need early detection, so they get faster treatment and the right help. One way to detect this is with an IQ test.
As a parent, we need to anticipate this condition faster. There are four-way to teach slow learner children so they can grasp a better life in the future.
- A slow learner child needs a repetitive explanation for one lesson. Some lessons need 3 – 5 repetitions, and they also need affirmation with a practical way to get more familiar with the subject. This method will help them understand the general concept.
- Give simple instructions gradually. After that, don’t forget to give them support and appreciation so they can always achieve a small win everyday.
- Peer tutoring is one of the best ways to teach slow learner kids. Even this won’t make them get better achievement, but it will develop their confidence in their ability. With this method, children become more optimistic and create hope for their future. They don’t need to compete with other kids who have a better IQ score. We have to remember that they have their path to success.
- Simple and practical lessons get better results in learning. When using this teaching method makes children with slow learners can memorize the subject better. Using a multiple sense approach will make it easier to remember and understand the lesson. We need to avoid using too many verbalizations in teaching.
A slow learner child still can have a bright future as long as they get treatment at an early stage.