Tutoring about directions

Some children who have difficulties learning and thinking about directions have difficulty understanding and following instructions. The following are some of the most useful suggestions for assisting your kid in making progress.

Attention and directions

If your kid isn’t paying attention to you when you provide instructions, you may as well prepare yourself and them for failure. Make your youngster look at you by requesting that they do so and then thanking them for their attention. When it comes to the nonverbal parts of language, there are certain children that struggle. You may take this into consideration by instructing your youngster to look toward you rather than trying to get them to look you in the eye. Moving into your child’s line of sight is one way to make things simpler for everyone involved.


No distractions 

Ensure that you hold your child’s attention once you have it. When children are engaged in other activities, such as playing video games or watching television in the background, it might be difficult for them to hear and follow instructions. Reduce the number of interruptions as much as possible before providing guidance. Put the TV on standby. Request that your youngster put down the book or game they are now playing. Check to see if your kid is staring at you the whole time. You may show your kid how to behave in this way by giving them your undivided attention whenever you give them instructions. This will also demonstrate to your kid the significance of what it is that you are speaking to them.

Be calm

When you have something imperative to say or do, the temptation to speak more loudly or to talk over your kid is understandable. However, using a more subdued tone of voice may be the most effective way to get your kid’s attention. In a tone that is level and calm, you should provide the instructions. When kids don’t have to digest the tone and the loudness in addition to the content of what you have to say, they may find it easier to concentrate on the meat of what you have to say.

Directions and understanding

It is important to provide your youngster with some wait time in addition to doing comprehension checks with them. Request that your youngster recites the instructions back to you in their own words. Asking children to rephrase your instructions using their own language is another useful strategy. They will have the opportunity to ask inquiries as a result of this. It also provides you with the opportunity to elaborate on anything your kid could have misunderstood in case they did.

There is a possibility that younger children who have learning and cognitive disabilities may struggle to follow a series of steps. You may say something along the lines of, “Please set the table for supper and arrange the chairs in the appropriate manner.” However, after setting the table, your youngster might find themselves in a bind. If at all feasible, each instruction should be given individually. If you are unable to break down the instructions into stages, you should attempt to arrange the different gears together in a manner that makes sense.

About the Author

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

I am a Parsons School of Design graduate with a certified teacher's license. At Gooroo, my passion is to educate students through an artist's approach, which requires critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. During the elementary years, I think that students broaden their perspective and expression through art, and this skill can be applied to any other fields of study later on. I believe that a true educator can be the key to unlocking every child's potential. Gooroo is a tutoring membership that matches students to tutors perfect for them based on their unique learning needs. Gooroo offers Math, English, SAT, Coding, Spanish tutoring, and more.