12 Ways to Help an Easily Confused Child

Are you looking for ways to help students who are easily confused? If so, keep reading.

1. Provide the learner one task to perform at a time. Present the next task only when the learner has successfully finished the prior task.

2. Separate at several points during the presentation of information to check the learner’s comprehension.

3. Make sure the learner is paying attention to the source of information (e.g., eye contact is being made, hands are free of learning materials, the learner is looking at the task, etc.).

4. Give the learner environmental signals and prompts designed to enable their success in the classroom (e.g., posted rules, schedule of daily activities, steps for performing a task, etc.).

5. Utilize images, diagrams, the smartboard, and gestures when delivering information.

6. Minimize the amount of information on a page (e.g., have less print to read, have fewer problems, isolate information that is presented to the learner) if it causes visual distractions for the learner.

7. Give the learner shorter tasks. As the learner shows success, slowly increase the length of tasks.

8. Find the learner’s most efficient learning mode. Utilize it continuously to increase the learner’s comprehension (e.g., if the learner fails to understand information or instructions orally, present them in written form; if the learner has difficulty comprehending written information or instructions, present them orally).

9. Make sure that oral instructions are delivered in a nonmenacing and compassionate manner (e.g., positive voice, facial expressions, and language such as, “Will you please . . . ” or “You need . . . ” rather than “You better. . .” or “If you don’t. . .”).

10. Make sure the learner has mastery of ideas at one level before introducing a new skill level.

11. Utilize vocabulary that is within the learner’s level of comprehension when delivering instructions, explanations, and information.

12. Provide information to the learner on a one-to-one basis or use a peer tutor.

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