Late bloomer in learning

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents who are worried about their child who may be slow mastering skills and why this can often be a good thing long term
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A child who's a late bloomer may seem to lag a little behind in classmates in learning academic skills. But very often, these children turn out to be the smartest ones of all. And we have to make sure we plan school curricula to accommodate children's differences in developmental time table. Because research has shown that those children whose brains develop a little more slowly, even though they may be very smart, actually end up with better brains in the long run because they have more development. So if your child seems to be a little slower mastering learning skills, we want to make sure we don't put unnecessary pressure on them. We want to try to find out what's going on. But this is why it is really important that our school curricula accommodate differences. Because if we don't respect this child's individual rate of development, we might cause a problem that might not have occurred otherwise.

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents who are worried about their child who may be slow mastering skills and why this can often be a good thing long term

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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