Does your child struggle to learn? Do you recognize his or her potential is not being reached, yet you cannot put a finger on what the “issue” could be? From seeking advice, you know that your child does not necessarily fit the criteria for a Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Disorder or Anxiety Disorder; however, you are frustrated because you know that something is going on and, since you cannot identify the problem, you’re unable to help.
If your child exhibits any of the following "symptoms" of an undiagnosed learning or behavior issue, he or she might be identified as part of a new "epidemic," that we call the "Issue With Out a Name", aka I.WON.:
- Difficulty completing school assignments
- Poor test scores
- Difficulty following directions
- Difficulty making and/or maintaining friends
- Poor listening skills
- Under achieving
- High levels of frustration
- Lack of motivation
- Poor organizational skills
If you are the parent of this child and can relate to these criteria, you can pat yourself on the back because you “won”! By making this discovery, you can finally take a deep breath, assess your child’s real areas of need and address the concerns using appropriate interventions.
I.WON. is extremely individualized. We rarely find a child with identical characteristics; however, many of the children who are affected by I.WON. struggle with similar barriers for success at school and in social situations. Even though they often have support from their parents, it is still difficult to understand because the “symptoms” are not always clear.
Now that you have discovered your child may have I.WON., what can you do? Some children, may need individualized behavior plans based on scientific methods and motivational strategy. Other children might need targeted evaluations. These tools lead to solutions that alleviate symptoms and highlight the root of the problem, resulting in decreased frustration for everyone, and a happier, more successful child.
*I.WON. is not a real diagnosis, label or classification. It is simply a metaphor for what is commonly found in schools today. Many children struggle in school with learning and behavior issues; however, they do not fit criteria for specific diagnoses or qualify to receive services. For these children and their parents, The Successful Child can help to assess and address these concerns.