Helping your child with additional needs

Children within the autistic spectrum or who have other Special Educational Needs such as dyslexia, or even children with Down’s Syndrome can really struggle with learning how to tell the time. They may have particular trouble with telling the time on an analogue clock face with hands. Children with additional needs may find it difficult to distinguish between the hour and minute hands; or may find the concepts of ‘past’ and ‘to’ difficult to grasp.

Our EasyRead wall clocks are clear and colourful with a large dial showing every detail your child needs. Our simple yet effective three step teaching system makes it much easier for children with learning difficulties to learn to read the time in terms of ‘minutes past’ and ‘minutes to’ the hour. We also have watches which use the same teaching system as the clocks, so that your child can continue practising while they’re out and about.

We believe that the wall clocks are a fantastic way of getting everyone in the family involved in helping teach children how to tell the time. When your child asks what time it is, you can use this as an opportunity to help your child with their learning by pointing to the hands and encouraging them to say aloud what the hands are pointing to.  You could even make your child the ‘official time keeper’ and ask them what the time is at frequent intervals. This would give your child the reassurance and confidence they need to keep practising.

Feedback from our customers, including parents with children who have Down’s syndrome or other special needs, indicates that our EasyRead clocks and watches have really helped their children learn to tell the time.

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