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Tes focus on…Processing speed

The child who takes longer than peers to do their work or who often plays up in class may have an unidentified issue with the way they react to and digest information, according to psychologist Debbie Gooch. Here, she tells Chris Parr what teachers can do to help

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As you read these words, you are more than likely able to take them in, process them and derive their meaning instantaneously. It is a skill that most of us take for granted. For some, however, it is not so straightforward. Processing speed is the rate at which a person can understand, process and react to information, and it can vary widely – particularly among children.

Slow processing speed can relate to one or several ways in which information is consumed – it could be linked to visual interpretation of things such as numbers and letters; auditory, relating to spoken language; or movement, ...

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