Understanding Learning Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Most of the behaviors that are challenging to understand are behavioral or emotional in nature. Fortunately, understanding behavioral and emotional challenges are similar, and most children who have behavioral or emotional challenges also have learning disabilities. When you understand behavioral and emotional challenges and be patient, it becomes much easier to work with a child with these challenges to help him or her succeed. Children who have behavioral or emotional challenges have difficulty with impulse control, and they often have a hard time making choices. When you are consistent, children with behavioral or emotional challenges tend to make better choices.
Acceptance and Encouragement:
When children with learning disabilities are told that they are “stupid,” they may feel embarrassed and ashamed. When they feel this way, they may begin to ignore any positive feedback that they receive from you. It is important to encourage all your children with learning disabilities to stay positive about their abilities. If you stop praising them, they may stop trying as hard as they used to. Try to focus on their positives when you communicate with them. Being an encourager will give your child the confidence to keep trying. Encourage them to stick with a challenging activity even when they are discouraged.
Recognize and Celebrating Differences:
All children are different. It is important to realize that people who have learning disabilities learn differently and will perform differently throughout their entire lives. One way to recognize differences is to say things like “We see things differently” or “That’s different from how I would do it”. Praise children for their unique behavior. Although learning differences are very common, people with learning disabilities may not always exhibit one of the common traits of a learning disability. A child may have difficulty with one area of their learning, but when they excel at another area, it is important to acknowledge that.
Creating a Culture of Success and Failure:
Teaching kids how to accept and take risks is an important skill in learning. They need to learn how to take risks to experience failure and then try again. Parents need to share stories with kids about what they did wrong, what they learned, and how they succeeded. Kids should know that failure is part of learning. They should understand that when they are learning something new, they will fail and they need to accept this fact. What are some ways that you show support for your child when it comes to learning?
Help Your Child Succeed in School:
Evaluate your child’s strengths and weaknesses and then set a plan to help them reach their potential.
Get Interested in Your Child’s Interests:
Before the most recent round of testing, we took out all the toys and games, and let our kids choose one to play with. We had them make choices between storybooks and computer games (don’t worry, we have plenty of board books), and we really let them choose. We have had them choose between cleaning their room and being alone in their room, and we have let them choose between games they like playing on our iPad and being outside in our backyard. You get the idea. If you want to spark some interest in your child’s interests, have them make choices like this. Let them know that they will not be punished for not completing their chosen activity, but that you would like to discuss the choices with them. By exploring their interests, you are helping them become more well-rounded people.
Learn about strategies:
In addition to things like problem-solving, learning styles, and writing skills, there are some other very specific strategies that parents can implement that help their child to be a successful reader and writer. Read on to learn more. First, educate yourself. There is no substitute for personal knowledge. Parents should educate themselves and be able to help their children to develop successful reading and writing skills. The more you know about what it takes to help a child become a successful reader and writer, the better equipped you will be to do that. Once you have the basics, follow these simple reading and writing strategies.
Don’t Forget to Give Them a Break
Giving your child a break from a hard or frustrating activity every once in a while is important. Do this one-on-one or in a group activity. Allow your child to cool down and then restart. This will provide your child with a chance to learn how to accept failure and try again. Celebrate the big things. Doing big things well (e.g., solving a math or reading problem well) will give your child confidence and self-esteem. Also, these big successes can serve as a launching pad to do other things well.
Recognize and comprehend your children:
It is important to help your child identify strengths that might be hard for your child to access. For example, there might be a situation where your child can solve a math problem easier than another child, but this child already knows the answer and shows their right answer. The first child will have to dig deeper to find the answer on their own, but the second child will be able to get it quickly. If you can understand your child’s weaknesses and strengths, you can more effectively help your child succeed in certain situations.
Teaching Your Child New Skills:
Help children recognize their strengths and build on those skills. For example, if your child is good at using words to explain what she is seeing, it will be beneficial to have her tell you what is going on in the car when she wants to tell you something. By incorporating this type of practice, she will be developing her language skills. Help your child build on her strengths. It will be beneficial to use play with her dolls and stuffed animals to build on her physical skills. You can take your child out to play in the backyard and encourage her to jump up and down, spin in circles, kick a ball, etc. By doing this, you will be encouraging her body to work in different ways that will build strength and agility.
Supporting your child with homework:
Helping your child with homework is crucial. Here is what you need to know. Know what your child needs from you when they are learning. It is easy for parents to think that what their child needs from them is what they want from them. Some parents want their child to do well in school, while others would just like their child to complete the work. Sometimes what your child needs from you is to sit with them while they do homework. A student needs to be able to express to their parents what they are feeling while completing assignments or studying for tests. Expect your child to complete assignments and tests. When a child is working on homework, expect them to finish the work.
Facilitating Social Interactions for Children Who Struggle with Them:
Focus on building skills and communicating as much as possible. It is important to focus on fostering language skills for children who struggle with interpersonal interactions, including those who are nonverbal. For children with autism, avoid using visual or auditory prompts to model appropriate social skills or behaviors. Doing so can cause unnecessary frustration and set them up to fail. Engage children in conversation and encourage open-ended conversation. Try to avoid using prompts such as, “tell me about your weekend,” or “what was your favorite part of your birthday party?” Instead, encourage them to share their views. Moreover, have children practice sharing and taking turns. Encourage open-ended and “one at a time” sharing in which each child has an equal chance to be first to speak.
Conclusion: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities: What You Need to Know:
Treatment for ADHD typically begins at the age of six and can last for many years. It is important to be educated about ADHD and know what your child is being treated for. In the short term, the most important thing to do is to get a doctor’s opinion on your child’s behavior and prescribe the appropriate medication. Keep in mind that ADHD does not always come with negative consequences. In fact, most people with ADHD can be very successful and are talented in many areas of life. You may even consider them to be geniuses. Some of the most successful people and businesses in the world are not only highly intelligent but have ADHD. Many of the great leaders in the world are very successful and are highly inattentive. Remember, everyone is different.
Moreover, learning disabilities are not things to worry about, but rather to embrace as a learning opportunity. The things that seem to make learning easier for a child can sometimes be disadvantageous to him or her if he or she does not put forth an effort. Learning disabilities often have the potential to cause serious difficulties for a child’s self-esteem and future school performance. However, if a child is identified and properly diagnosed, he or she may be able to receive interventions that will ultimately improve his or her education. With proper support and understanding, these children can become highly successful in their education and eventually make the most of their potential.