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

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

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

4. Give the student 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 student) if it causes visual distractions for the student.

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

8. Find the student’s most efficient learning mode. Utilize it continuously to increase the student’s comprehension (e.g., if the student fails to understand information or instructions orally, present them in written form; if the student 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 student has mastery of ideas at one level before introducing a new skill level.

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

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

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