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Now is the time to plan for your child’s learning success.

Thu. 03/16/2017

As spring quickly approaches, we know the end of the school year is right around the corner. Whether it’s been a year filled with accomplishments or challenges, or both, now is the time to start thinking about next year and planning for your child’s learning success.

Take a moment and think about the school year so far. What’s going well? What’s been difficult? Ask yourself, is my child having a positive experience and achieving to their potential? If the answer is no, you may be tempted to finish out the school year and just hope next year will be better. This may not be the best approach. When you suspect there may be a problem, experts agree – early identification, access to evidence-based programs and timely services are critical to learning success. The time to start planning for next year’s success is now.

What can you do?

Talk to your child’s teacher. Find out what’s happening in the classroom. Ask for specifics. If you can’t get enough information or feel something isn’t right, consider independent, diagnostic testing. A comprehensive evaluation will identify cognitive learning patterns, strengths and weaknesses with academic achievement, executive functions, memory functions, speech and language concerns and more. All of this information will help you understand how your child interacts with his or her learning environment. This evaluation, combined with what you already know about your child, will help in developing a plan to make next year a different experience for you and your family.

Elements of the plan may include:

  • Securing tutoring services focused on the academic skills crucial to your child’s progress
  • Enrolling in a summer program designed for fun while at the same time strengthening academic skills and promoting social interaction
  • Considering a new learning environment; in other words, finding a new school that’s the “right fit”
  • Supporting your child at home through a variety of activities for example, reading to your child each day and/or planning engaging activities that follow the recommendations from your child’s end of year conference.

The Summit Resource Center offers independent diagnostic testing services, individual tutoring, summer programs, consultations, free workshops and seminars. We are pleased to be a resource serving children, adults and educators in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. For more information on the Summit Resource Center or The Summit School visit our website or call 410-798-0005.