This strategy can be implemented in many ways. You can:
- Give someone more time to accomplish tasks (such as extra time in exams
- Pause more frequently and for longer when giving instructions
- Don’t bunch up your directions, make sure the person you’re talking to has understood each step first
- Don’t rush people to answer questions
- Don’t jump in to explain something you just said simply because a person is not responding
When you ask someone a question and they seem to take too long to answer, this could mean they have a processing difficulty.
This is not necessarily related to intelligence and capacity. The person just needs longer to process what has been said and prepare an answer. For such a person, jumping in and saying the same thing in a different way will just make matters worse. They now have to process two things at once.
Processing difficulties are associated with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.