Parenting Tip: How to Handle Children with Learning Disabilities

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Learning Disabilities (LDs) are different characteristics and weaknesses often observed in writing, reading, reasoning, and math.

As a parent, you ask, “What can I do to help my child with this disability?”

Learning Disabilities

Firstly, nothing beats the love and support parents can give when things get tougher. Your role as parents is to provide hope and self-confidence to overcome the disability.

Here are the common signs and symptoms of a child with learning disabilities:

· Difficulty in rhyming and pronouncing words
· Problems with learning colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet
· Difficulty in catching up simple directions and routines
· Slow in learning mathematical concepts
· Always having a hard time on spelling
· Having problems with sentences, words, and content as a whole
· Consistently making errors when reading aloud
· Writing penmanship is almost unreadable
· Can’t express thoughts in words
· Always misspells the same word in a single page
· Having problems in learning how to use zippers or buttons

Here are the things you should know and practical tips you can follow to provide assistance to your kid’s academic and even social life:

1. Know your child’s learning style.
Children learn differently. Some learn faster and easier through seeing or reading, while others through listening. Know how your child learns comfortably.

Here are the different kinds of learners:

Musical-Auditory Learners
Prefer music, language, lecture, discussions, and spoken directions
Love rhyming, sounding out words, verbal repetition, listening and debating
Learn more from lecture-based approach and oral examinations

Bodily-Kinesthetic Learners
Move, explore, touch, dance, love to act, and do craft activities
Love hands-on projects and activities, drama, sports, or lab classes
Learn more and best by moving, doing, or creating

Visual-Spatial Learners
Love to read, write, spelling, sketching and coloring
Learn more through maps, charts, diagrams, photos, videos, or any visual aids
Like writing notes or highlighting points through colors in lectures

2. Talk to your child in a routine basis.
Find time to talk to your kid and discuss about his or her day. You can do this after school or before your child goes to bed. You can talk about the good things your child did throughout the day, and the not so good ones that he or she needs to improve, or not do at all. Discuss about learning problems, decisions, and even their future goals.

3. Play games and sports, or do journal writing, and learn music with your kid.
School activities can be stressful to a child with learning disabilities. Channel negative energy and stress by letting them do the activities they love doing. The most important thing is you have to be with them. This way, they can feel you support them.

Play games and sports

4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle habit.
Regular exercise, proper diet, and enough sleep is good for your child. With healthy mind and body, your child can focus and persevere better. And as always, give your child an open environment, wherein he or she can share and connect their feelings freely.

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