Help Your Child Deal With A Learning Disability

If your child has a learning disability, school work can be frustrating for you and your child.

If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, you probably already are familiar with frustration regarding school work. Often the diagnosis comes with relief. Finally, you can put a label on the problem, and your child can begin receiving special education services at school. The diagnosis does not mean that the frustration will go away. It usually continues, even with the extra help at school. Here are some tips to help your child deal with the frustration of a learning disability.

Homework for most students is a minor inconvenience, interfering with their time with friends or video games. However, for some students it is the worst part of their day. They struggle through the work, only to earn a poor grade on it the next day. They never see their effort pay off, which then leads to them giving up, because they don't see the point in trying. As a parent, this can be frustrating. As a parent of a child with a learning disability, you must be available during homework time for assistance. This is the best way to reduce their frustration over homework. It is a good idea to set some time aside every night to complete homework. This way you know when to be available for help when it is needed. You will also want to keep in frequent contact with your child's teachers, so you know when assignments are given and when they are due. This can be done through a weekly phone call or note. Some teachers are willing to sign an assignment notebook your child fills out showing that it was completed correctly.

Some parents wanting their child to earn good grades make the mistake of helping their child too much. They do the work for their child, to reduce frustration during homework time and lessen the amount of time spent on homework. This is a major mistake! In the short run it does make it easier for your child, but in the long run it is more harmful than helpful. If you do most of the work, your child will never learn how to complete the work on their own. This will make it difficult for them to do well on tests, or other work they complete at school. Also, for the following school years when they need to use the skill they should have learned, they won't be able to because they never learned it when they should have. If your child is completely unable to complete the work, resist the urge to do it for them. Instead, it would benefit your child the most if you met with his/her teacher to come up with a solution. Maybe your child could get more help in the special education room, or stay after for tutoring, or be given a different assignment from the class.



Another way to help your child with the frustration of a learning disability is to encourage their participation in an activity other than academics. Children need to realize that they are good at something, whether that be music, sports, or helping out others. This can help reduce stress at home and at school, and raise your child's self-esteem. Just make sure that your child still has enough time for school work.

If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, taking the whole summer off from academic work can spell disaster for the following school year. Make sure to enroll your child in summer school. If none is available, or you don't like your choice available, you can spend some time at home on academic work. Reading is a great way to have fun in the summer, yet use reading and language skills. If your child has a learning disability in math, buy a workbook where they are allowed to practice basic math skills. To help your child be motivated to go to summer school or do work at home, give your child rewards for completing work, such as a day at the water park, or a picnic with a friend.

Having a child with a learning disability can mean more work for parents when it comes to their child's education. However, the effort is worth it! Frequent communication between home and school is very important. Remember, your child's teachers want them to do well in school, too. If you follow this advice, you can help reduce your child's academic frustrations.

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