by Ricki Linksman
Parents, does your child or teen have ADHD or ADD or is he or she a kinesthetic learner? Are you frustrated because you do not know how to help him or her improve in reading, comprehension, learning, memory, study skills, test-taking, or in raising reading levels? There is hope. You can turn your frustration and hopelessness into relief and joy as you find that your child or teen with ADHD or ADD or who is merely a kinesthetic learner can learn and be successful! You can help your child be a successful student, raise self-esteem and motivation, develop a life-long love of reading, and improve parent-child or teacher-child communication by knowing how your child learns and studies best!
Because some of the characteristics of ADHD or ADD are also found in the behaviors of kinesthetic learners, many students are misdiagnosed as having ADHD or ADD. For example, kinesthetic learners learn best by getting up out of his or her seat and moving while learning. They actually listen better to you when their large, motor muscles are moving AND when their eyes are down or looking away! Yes—that is right—they are not distracted and rude—they are actually thinking better when they are not looking at the speaker! If you child has these characteristics, that does not necessarily mean that your kinesthetic learner has ADHD or ADD. An intervention you can try, whether your child or teen has been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, or you or someone else suspects your child has that challenge, or in some cases where he or she has been misdiagnosed as having ADHD or ADD, is to find out if your child has a kinesthetic learning style preference. A test I developed to discover this is the Superlinks to Accelerated Learning Test. If your child has a kinesthetic learning style preference, then you can try teaching him or her in the kinesthetic style of learning. My new book, The Fine Line between ADHD or ADD and Kinesthetic Learners: 197 Kinesthetic Activities to Quickly Improve Reading, Memory, and Learning in Just 10 Weeks: The Ultimate Parent Handbook for ADHD, ADD, and Kinesthetic Learners (ISBN No: 978-1-928997-37-5) contains 340 pages of fun, fast, and easy kinesthetic activities for grades pre-K-12 that you can add to your daily home-school lessons to improve reading, learning, and memory. If your child or teen is kinesthetic, notice how changing the style in which you teach him or her to the preferred one helps him or her stay focused on the task and quickly learn! The same is true in working with your child who may have a visual, auditory, or tactile learning style, or who has a left-brain or right-brain brain style preference In working in schools around the world, and with parents at our parent resource center, National Reading Diagnostics Institute in Naperville, Illinois, tens of thousands of students diagnosed with ADHD or ADD or who were merely kinesthetic learners, or who were being taught in their non-preferred learning style or brain style, have gone from failure and struggle to success within a few weeks or a few months and began to love reading and learning!
Here is one example kinesthetic activity you can try: When you are doing addition math lesson with your child, lay out on the floor 21 paper plates. Have your child use a colored marker to number each from 0-20, one number per plate. On a white board, list an addition problem, such as 3 + 6. Have your child begin by standing on the plate marked number 3. Direct your child to then jump 6 more plates and see where he or she lands. Have your child write on the white board the number on which he or she landed, which should be the plate labeled 9. Repeat this a few times with different addition problems, until your child grasps that addition is merely “jumping” forward a certain number of spaces from where he or she began. Have your child write the answers standing up at a chalkboard! For each correct answer, have your child select a fun reward from a basket you set up of inexpensive prizes! Kinesthetic learners love to win.
Did you know you can accelerate your kinesthetic child’s of any age (pre-K-12) to mastery at the high school and college level in reading fluency within as little as 10 weeks. My Off the Wall Reading Game with its 10 levels can take your child or teen from where he or she is to mastery reading at 12th grade or college level within the time it takes to play all 10 levels, designed for 10 weeks of games! This raises the self-esteem, motivation, confidence level, and love of reading in kids who had previously been feeling like they were failures when they saw other kids reading so well. When they discover that they can read years above grade level, the feeling of success opens up the doors to their lifelong love of reading! Priceless!
For 197 more fun kinesthetic activities, I hope you enjoy my new book, The Fine Line between ADHD or ADD and Kinesthetic Learners: 197 Kinesthetic Activities to Improve Reading, Memory, and Learning in Just 10 Weeks: The Ultimate Parent Handbook for ADHD, ADD, and Kinesthetic Learners, available from: http://www.keystolearningsuccess.com/FromADHDOrADDToA/#Order or as an Amazon.com Kindle eBook or as a physical book at Amazon CreateSpace.com. I hope you experience the joy of turning your child’s frustration into rapid success!
About the author
Ricki Linksman is author of many books and parent curriculum materials on accelerated learning and reading. She is founder-director of National Reading Diagnostics Institute, a parent center where parents can have their children and teens receive a reading diagnostic test, learning assessment to find his or her fastest way of learning, a prescriptive plan to help them excel to grade level and beyond in the shortest possible time, and an entire home-school reading curriculum in all learning and brain styles (visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic, both left and right brain preferences) for K-12 (Regular Ed, Special Ed, gifted, ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, or bilingual and ELL) in reading comprehension, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, writing, spelling, memory, study and test-taking skills, and test prep for the ACT, SAT, High School entrance exam, or any state or high-stakes reading test. Her new phonics program for kinesthetic learners or for athletic kids who like to move, or those with ADHD and ADD, is the award-winning Off the Wall Phonics™ Game with 10-game levels that can take any K-12 child or teen to full reading mastery in as little time as 10 weeks, upon completing all 10 game levels! She also wrote: Kinesthetic Vocabulary Activities Your Child Will Love, and Tactile Vocabulary Activities Your Child Will Love. For books, games, software and digital materials to help your child excel: Visit: