The Symbolic Thinking area of our brain allows us to understand words. It helps teenagers to develop and maintain plans and strategies through the use of language. If there is a problem in this area they will struggle to identify and prioritise important information. A weakness in this cognitive area will affect their ability to read well, speak fluently, write well, and do maths and science.
Does your teenager have trouble:
- identifying the theme of a story
- identifying the meaning of words from the context
- focusing their attention in language based tasks
- prioritising information in the order of its importance
- maintaining attention - they might get labelled as having a short attention span
- making their own decisions and appear passive
- being flexible
- planning activities
- starting a task
- being organised
- understanding what other people are talking about, and/or
- understanding what they are reading?
How does the Arrowsmith Program help teenagers understand language better and become more organised?
Doing this exercise will:
- enable your teenager to improve their ability to grasp the main point of written and spoken material
- enable your teenager to identify the main point in written and spoken material
- develop your teenager's capacity to express ideas more clearly
- develop your teenager's capacity to make decisions and be self directed
- strengthen your teenager's capacity to have initiative
- enable your teenager to remain focused on tasks until completion.
If Symbolic Thinking is a problem for your teenager or a teenager you know:
for a no obligations chat about how the Arrowsmith Program can strengthen your teenagers ability to understand language based tasks