Glossary of Terms

Symptoms

Dexterity

If your child says, ‘these pieces are too tiny!,’ they probably are. What may be happening is that your child is struggling with the fine motor skills needed to manipulate the pieces. This struggle may show up when learning to cook, tying shoes, buttoning or zipping...

Non-Verbal Reasoning

It’s a fact. Some of us like words more than numbers or pictures. A more visual brain is required for activities like building models, reading graphs, or finding your way around a building. Measuring, diagramming, and taking data also fall into this category. If these...

Intelligence

Some brains function differently. Your child may work very hard but still fall behind in school. Some children who tested gifted as a young child may find themselves struggling at a gifted school. Your child may have seemed fine in preschool but is now having a hard...

Verbal Comprehension

Your child may say that he or she gets lost in class. He may say that he hates it when people talk too much. She may say that she just doesn’t understand what is going on in school. Your child may feel like ‘word work’ is ‘a lot of work’. Some children simply do not...

Spatial Reasoning

Children who have difficulties with packing, solving puzzles or reading maps may be struggling with some of the ‘visual-spatial’ skills required. The term visual-spatial refers to a set of skills that allow a person to see how something is supposed to look. It is also...

Processing Speed

Does your child work very slowly? Your child may feel tired after school. Your child might say that the pace of school is too fast. Often, these problems continue in spite of being smart. At school, teachers may say, “he has great ideas but just doesn’t get them on...

Fluid Reasoning

Having a hard time learning new tricks? Some say that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. Perhaps this statement may be true with some animals. However, with regard to human behavior, science shows that our brains have plasticity, meaning we can learn something...

Auditory Processing

Your child may say ‘what did you say’ a lot. It may seem like he or she didn’t hear you. Your child may have unexplained reading challenges. When asked to repeat words that sound slightly different, he may pronounce them the same. For example, he may read ‘where’...

Sequential Reasoning

Can’t get those ducks in a row? In other words, put things in sequential order? Some children struggle with following procedures or step-by-step instructions. They may get frustrated when they are asked to perform a series of steps without a visual checklist or...

Somatization

Your child may make frequent trips to the nurse’s office when he is not sick. It may be that you have been to the doctor to check for possible problems with digestion or metabolism and have learned that your child’s health is okay. In this case, it may be that the...

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