Focus Support For Children With Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities in children can be very frustrating for not only the child with the disability, but for his or her parents as well. It is difficult for a parent because they just want what is best for their child and want to be able to help them. A child with a disability typically has a hard time concentrating and focusing on what someone is telling them and can have a hard time communicating. It is estimated that one out of every ten children has a learning disability. Understanding the signs of learning disabilities in children early can be useful in the amount that a parent can aid the child's learning in the future.
Signals of Learning Disabilities in Children:
- It is difficult to listen to and/or understand directions, as well as remembering them.
- Reverses letters and numbers, and there is difficulty spelling because of it.
- Has trouble with math, spelling or reading, cannot fully get the concept of any or all of the subjects in school.
- Often loses things or forgets where he or she placed something.
- Social interaction is often difficult.
- Looses focus easily.
This is not a comprehensive list, but gives a few signs to watch out for. Also, each child is different and does not illustrate each (or all) of the behaviors. When seeing any of the signs, consult a teacher to determine if they have observed it as well. If so, consult a specialist, who can determine the learning disabilities by testing, which is the most accurate. A specialist can give the best recommendation on what is best for the child's learning and what the next step to take is. It is important to determine if a child has a learning disability earlier on so that he or she can get the proper help and guidance so they are not left behind. A child can be placed in a specialized setting or classroom that aids their learning and ensures that they get the attention needed.
What a Parent Can Do
In order for a parent to help a child it is crucial that they work with them at home diligently. They must determine what the child's strengths are and use that as a springboard to encourage the child. By doing so, it can help to boost the child's confidence in order to work on their weaknesses. It will also motivate the child to want to work through their learning disability. Make the child feel as comfortable as possible, and be knowledgeable about their disability and know how to handle it. On the other hand, make sure to uphold discipline when assisting the child, because lack of discipline will not reward the child at all. As a parent, it is important to focus what the child tells you verbally and nonverbally. It is most likely that your child will open up to you more than their teacher or a specialist because they may feel embarrassed about the disability. Make notes about what works for your child and what does not. It will help when working with others. There are many children with learning disabilities. It is important to help a child with a learning disability as soon as it is apparent. This will help encourage the child that there is help and they can be motivated to make a positive change for their academic future.
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Source: http://www.ldonline.org/article/6169 http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_with_learning_disabilities
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