Processing speed is the rate at which we take in and use information. Students with slow processing speed may take longer to complete tasks, respond to questions, or make sense of directions. It can be frustrating for some students, especially when they see their peers moving through things more quickly. If your child processes information slowly, it’s critical that they understand that it has nothing to do with their intelligence. It’s simply the rate at which they process information and that it’s different for everybody. The key is for students to learn how to incorporate helpful strategies into their daily routine. Here are a few ways adults can help support children with slower processing speed:
- Ask one question at a time and give the student time to respond.
- Use both verbal and visual cues. Actions often speak louder than words.
- Help the student identify and employ efficiencies in the way they approach tasks and school assignments.
- Strengthen executive function skills like task initiation, planning, and time management.
- Team up with your child’s teacher to identify ways they can help during the school day and with assigned homework.