Wespeak also offers specialized programs designed for children and teenagers with Specific Learning Difficulties: the courses provide targeted didactic support and help students learn in the most effective way possible to become independent not only in their studies but also in any activity they might take up in the future.
What does SPLD mean? What is a Specific Learning Difficulty?
Let’s find out together.
The term “difficulty” comes from the Greek “Δυσκολία” and it refers to a disorder in a specific area of learning.
The skills involved in the learning of any subject – from scientific to humanistic – are four: reading, correct spelling, the ability to write and counting.
SPLDs are therefore divided as follows:
- Dyslexia is the specific difficulty in reading correctly and fluently; reading often appears slow and challenging, it fails to become an automatic process and therefore demands constant investment of cognitive resources.
- Dysorthographia is a specific writing disorder that determines wrong spelling.
- Dysgraphia is a deficiency in the ability to write that mainly affects motor processing and motor skills: words appear unreadable and the text looks untidy.
- Dyscalculia is a specific difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, such as difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate them and learning facts in mathematics: students have trouble remembering multiplication tables, maths operations, geometry formulae, etc.
As far as the Ticino region is concerned, specific dispositions regarding the necessity to guarantee proper education and schooling for students with SPLDs came into effect in October 2012. Therefore it is provided that such students – according to the international diagnostic standards recognized by the region – are allowed by the school to make use of certain basic measures in order to follow the lessons and to take exams, in any subject.
Wespeak organizes personalized classes on the basis of the student’s needs, integrated with the use of compensative tools, such as mind maps, vocal synthesis, and other specific softwares.
Particular attention is paid to the acquisition of proper study method and practice, essential tools for the organization and planning of learning, both at school and at home: establishing a learning timetable, setting a list of priorities among the subjects to study first, etc.
School success is also key to the student’s self esteem, the perception of being able to play an active role in the school environment and to their peace of mind. These are three key components for a teen’s psychological balance and which are often compromised in students with SPLDs.
Our intervention mostly works on these three components, guaranteeing a specific study path for the acquisition of proper skills in different learning areas.
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We want to promote the well being and school success of your children in order to make them active protagonists of their future.
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