A Kid’s Guide to Slow Processing Speed

Some kids move fast, and others move slowly. If you are one of those kids who moves slowly, you might have what psychologists call slow processing speed. If you are affected by slow processing speed, it might take you longer to get your homework done, finish a test in class, or read a book. And it doesn’t mean you aren’t good at all these things — it just takes you a little longer to do them.

Many kids with slow processing speed sometimes don’t realize it until their teacher or a psychologist helps them identify their slow processing speed. The good news is that while it may take you longer to do things, you can do them very well. Here are a few ways you can help yourself adapt to slow processing speed:

Ask for more time.

  • Ask for more time if it takes you longer to complete an activity.
  • Ask a friend to help you take notes if you take notes slowly and miss information.
  • And remember, your teacher is there to help you!

Get started quickly.

  • The sooner you get started on an activity, the sooner you will finish!
  • If you aren’t ready to start yet, gather everything you will need.
  • Then, as soon as you are ready to start, you can get going!

Stay alert and energetic!

  • If you don’t have enough energy, you won’t be able to focus during the day.
  • Take a break before starting a new activity.
  • Try eating a snack or stretching during your break to help you focus.

Do you have slow processing speed? What are some ways you’ve found to help you get along in school and at home?


Featured image: Flickr user Brad Flickinger

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