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Encourage your child to get involved in activities that do not accentuate the disability (horseback riding, swimming, collections, etc.). Make sure that your child has many opportunities to do certain things well and in front of different audiences (other kids, grandparents, teachers, etc.). The chance to get positive feedback helps to balance some of the frustration your child may feel in school.
For more Parent Tips, read the article on the Parent Members' Site.
Social Skills Tip
Teach delayed gratification. Children with learning disorders often are impulsive and often feel that they need immediate gratification of their needs. Teach the child that they must learn to wait for gratification at times. Do not encourage this tendency of immediate gratification by consistently responding without delay to the child's needs or requests.
Read the article for more information on how to promote social competency.
A full and comprehensive evaluation is the cornerstone of insuring that your child's needs are met by your local school district. Unfortunately, this is far too often taken for granted. It stands to reason that you can only advocate for the needs of your child if those needs are properly identified and articulated.
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Must Have Resources
- I Am Full of Possibilities: Oliver Gets Tested, written by John Golden and Teresa Allissa Citro
A book and CD set for children and their parents and teachers about learning disabilities and the evaluation process.
- The Experts Speak: Parenting the Child with Learning Disabilities, edited by Teresa Allissa Citro
Learn tips and strategies from experts such as Dr. Larry Silver, Dr. Doug Fuchs, Dr. Robert Brooks, Richard Lavoie, and other professionals in the field of learning disabilities.
- Bound and Determined to Help Children with Learning Disabilities, written by Mark Cooper
Dr. Cooper, an educator and counselor, shares his experiences with learning disabilities and offers helpful and practical insights about what adults can do to nurture a more positive outlook in children with LD. An excellent resource for parents, educators and other professionals.
- Environmental Hazards and Learning Disabilities
A CD for parents, medical professionals and all those concerned with environmental hazards and the possible risk of learning disabilities.