Learning Disability (cont.)
In this Article
- What are learning disabilities?
- How common are learning disabilities?
- What are the signs of a learning disability?
- What about school and learning disabilities?
- Tips for parents of children with learning disabilities
- Tips for teachers of children with learning disabilities
- Is there any treatment for learning disabilities?
- What is the prognosis for learning disabilities?
- What research is being done for learning disabilities?
- For more information
- Find a local Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician in your town
Tips for parents of children with learning disabilities
Learn about learning disabilities. The more you know, the more you can help yourself and your child. See the list of resources and organizations at the end of this article.
- Praise your child when he or she does well. Children with
learning disabilities are often very
good at a variety of things. Find out what your child really enjoys doing, such
as dancing, playing soccer, or working with computers. Give your child plenty of
opportunities to pursue his or her strengths and talents.
- Find out the ways your child learns best. Does he or she learn by hands-on
practice, looking, or listening? Help your child learn through his or her areas
- Let your child help with household chores. These can build self-confidence
and concrete skills. Keep instructions simple, break down tasks into smaller
steps, and reward your child's efforts with praise.
- Make homework a priority. Read more about how to help your child be a success
at homework. (See resource list at the end.)
- Pay attention to your child's
mental health (and your own!). Be open to
counseling, which can help your child deal with frustration, feel better about
himself or herself, and learn more about social skills.
- Talk to other parents whose children have learning disabilities. Parents can
share practical advice and emotional support. Call NICHCY (1.800.695.0285) and
ask how to find parent groups near you. Also let us put you in touch with the
parent training and information (PTI) center in your state.
- Meet with school personnel and help develop an educational plan to address
your child's needs. Plan what accommodations your child needs, and don't forget
to talk about assistive technology!
- Establish a positive working relationship with your child's teacher. Through regular communication, exchange information about your child's progress at home and at school.
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