Just because your child is performing well academically, doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t struggling with an issue that’s making their life more difficult.
What does this mean? Compare it to someone going off to their job every day, but with only half their tools in their toolbox. They might be smart and skilled enough to get the job done, but they have to work many times harder in order to get the same results as another student. What should be twenty minutes of homework takes two hours.
For children, school occupies essentially the same place in their life as a job does for an adult. Not only is one’s ability to not just perform well at it important, but also whether they’re able to operate with the same tools as those around them. It’s not a pleasant experience to realize that you have to put twice as much work into what you’re doing as the person next to you.
As one student put it: “So what you’re telling me is that I need a screwdriver and have a coin?”
The answer to that question, more often than we might think, is yes.