It's not unusual for parents to be unsure about whether or not their child needs extra help. If you're feeling confused about how to determine if additional support is needed, here are some signs to look for.
Sign #1: The Teacher is Concerned
If your child's teacher is reaching out with concerns about your child's academic progress, that's not something that should be taken lightly. You will want to ask questions and gain some clarity about this, but keep it in the back of your mind - especially if your child is exhibiting more signs.
Sign #2: Poor Grades
If your child is consistently underperforming and you're sure it's not laziness, then this could be another cry for help. As a general rule, people don't fail at things because it's enjoyable - children included. If your student is making a solid effort and still falling way behind, you may want to consider outside help.
Sign #3: Behavior Changes or Negative Attitude Toward School
If you find that your student is unusually frustrated or dreading going to school, this could be a red flag. Especially if the student used to enjoy school and all of a sudden, they've lost interest or hate it. Academics may not be the only reason why your child loathes school out of nowhere. Nowadays, there are many factors that can contribute to a stressful or depressing school experience. But it's worth looking into.
Sign #4: Unresponsive to Parental Intervention
If your child is not taking academic instruction from you or they've written you off completely, it's okay to reach out for help. Many parents get in touch with private tutors because both parent and child are extremely tense and frustrated during homework time or test preparation. There's no need to pull out your hair. Consider a tutor - and keep all of your hair on your head!