Parenting a Child with a Learning Disability
Parenting A Child With a Learning Disability
Every child has individual needs when it comes to going to school. Some children have difficulty with school work and need a little more help than other children. Parenting a child with a learning disability means looking into options that would best suit the child, being patient when the child does not understand something they learned at school, and being able to find ways to reduce the effect the learning disability on the child’s educational experience.
When a child is doing poorly at school often times it is because the child has a learning disability of some sort. The child may have difficulty reading and comprehending what they have read. A child may have difficulty doing math. Some children may have difficulty with both of those areas.
Some children with learning disabilities are unable to focus and may be known as the children with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder. Some children cannot focus because the connections from the nerves to the processing center of the brain do no work properly.
A parent that is wondering if their child has a learning disability can look for signs. The child may not be able to understand directions to a task, may seem forgetful, may have symptoms of Dyslexia ( reading or writing letters, words, or numbers backwards), and may have difficulty doing simple tasks due to problems with coordination. If a child shows such symptoms a parent can help their child with their learning disability.
It is important to catch a learning disability early on so that it can be treated and the child can do well in school from an early age. When a child has a learning disability and it is ignored until a later period. The child will often develop mental health problems like anger management issues, problems understanding more difficult concepts in school, and could be teased by other children.
When a parent suspects their child has a learning disorder they should seek treatment immediately. First step would be to discuss concerns with the child’s teacher. The teacher can decide if they need to tweak how they teach the child the lessons. If the tweaking of lessons does not work the next step would be to get a Psychologist to test the child for a learning disability. The professional will make the child do some tasks that will show where academic difficulties lie. At this point the professional can see how profound the disability is and look into what options may be best for the youth. Some options include a specialized education plan for the child, where the child may get more time for tests or may be given specialized attention in learning the topic of difficulty. Another option is a tutor at school or outside of school. Some children need a tutor at school and outside in order for them to do their best at school. A final option is a special education class that would offer a specialized education for the youth.