Family Education has a wonderful section all about learning disabilities. While browsing through the site I came across an article entitled "Top Ten Tips for Parents Who Have a Child with LD." I wanted to pass this information on to you as I think it is quite valuable. I have listed the ten tips below.
- Learn all you can about the disability.
- Keep in contact with your child's teacher(s).
- Keep a profile of what your child does well.
- Help your child understand the effect the learning disability will have on him/her in school as well as socially.
- Help your child get organized.
- Involve your child in extra-curricular activities.
- Involve your child in helping someone else.
- Keep your expectations for your child high but realistic.
- Help your child learn to ask for what they need
- Join or form a group of parents with similar situations.
Looking at the above list, I am happy to report that I have managed to accomplish all but one of the tips. The last one, #10, is one that I have not done. I actually looked into forming an ADHD/LD support group at my son's school last fall. I made it as far as the PTA president, who wasn't very receptive. However, I do plan to give it another shot. To read the details associated with each tip, visit Family Education. And, while you're there, browse around their site a bit. They have a number of articles related to learning disabilites. They also have three pages full of free printables (covering numerous topics) available free of charge.