Learning disabilities are more common than people realize. If your child has a learning disability, there are plenty of steps you can take to help them excel academically. Read on and discover a few things you can do as a parent to help your child with their learning disability.
Highlight Their Strengths
Everyone has their one set of strengths and weakness. Just because your child struggles with math, does not mean they can’t excel in other areas in school. Many children with learning disabilities have low self-esteem because they don’t know themselves enough credit. As a parent, it is your responsibility to point out to your child’s strengths to them. By doing so, should help boost their confidence.
Celebrate Their Effort
Celebrating your child’s effort is important. Many parents focus too much on results and not enough on their child’s effort. All parents should spend time celebrating their child’s effort if they are trying their best in school. By doing so, will hopefully encourage them to keep putting their best foot forward. At the end of the day, if they tried their best that is all you can ask of them as a parent.
Don’t Compare Your Child To Others
It is not healthy for you to compare your child to others academically. For example, saying things like “why isn’t my son, reading chapter books like their classmate Johny?” Not only will this hurt your child’s confidence, but it is rather unfair. For children with learning disabilities, school can be extremely challenging. It is not fair to compare your child to other children who do not have to work through learning disabilities.
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (202) 561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or (301) 577-4333 (Lanham office). Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.