The education system utilises a one-size-fits-all approach when shaping the minds, honing the abilities, and challenging our future generation’s intellectual capacity. Unfortunately, this approach is counterintuitive as each child and young person is different, necessitating the use of an individualistic approach to teaching and learning. Given that each child and young person learns differently and has a unique set of skills and areas for development, no single teaching approach works for any given cohort. The ability to focus on, receive, and retain knowledge differs for each child or young person; this is why it is important to tap into the discipline educational psychology.
Educational psychology is a branch of psychology, which deals with understanding different intelligence quotients, motivations, cognitive development, self-concept, self-regulation, and learning styles to inform the instructional process. Banking heavily on both qualitative and quantitative methods, this field of psychology uses a range of different approaches in order to identify a child or young person’s learning potential.
Children with special educational needs (SEN) can benefit immensely from the individualised learning programmes that this branch of psychology can inform.. Without utilising SEN techniques and methods, a child or young person with SEN may never be able to reach their full potential.
Changing Minds Psychology Services employ experienced and effective psychologists able to support parents and schools to better understand:
- how a child/young person learns
- the child/young person’s development
- how a child/young person behaves and how effectively they are able to manage their emotions
- a child/young person’s social development and their social communication skills
Whether it’s a school, a local authority, a parent, or a solicitor that requires educational and child psychologists, Changing Minds can provide its expertise in areas in a range of areas.
Equipped with the capacity to deliver an enriching teaching/learning program, an educational psychologist helps children/young person reach their full potential. Learning does not just take place within formal educational settings; it occurs on a minute by minute basis and is a lifelong process. As such, it is essential that teachers and educators instil a love of learning with children and young people along with others skills such as tenacity and optimism. These skills will enable children and young people to more able to tolerate difficulty, manage their frustrations and accept and deal with disappointment and set backs in their learning.