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Learning Disabilities

Be a Parent Advocate

getting dressedTo be the best parent advocate you can be, practice these strategies for home and school:

Get organized.
When children lose their belongings or mismanage their time, it is very difficult to learn. Children with and without learning disabilities often need assistance in getting and staying organized. The most effective way to teach children to be organized is to be clear about what needs to be done and to be consistent in how it gets done. There are many tools you can try such as a calendar for weekly planning, which will help your child anticipate what is to come. Also, a “to do” list is helpful to remember what chores your child is responsible for. If your child has difficulty reading, use picture symbols combined with the written words.

Get ready to learn.
Many children with learning disabilities benefit from being shown how to understand and remember information. While children with learning disabilities may learn new information at a slower pace, they can be taught strategies that will support their learning. For example, you can teach your child to repeat the names of the children she meets to help her remember who they are, or you can show him how to make up a rhyme to remember where he lives. To get her ready to read, it is important to read books aloud every day and to have conversations together about the words, pictures and story. Make learning fun and exciting, and your child will be hungry for more.

Go for It! Promote Learning at home:

  • Keep routines consistent.
  • Post and review written or picture schedules with your child of her daily/weekly activities.
  • Set a time and quiet space for you to read with your child or for your child to do homework each day.
  • Encourage your child to be prepared for the next day by setting out her clothes and belongings at night.
  • Help your child learn by asking questions or suggesting ways to remember information.
  • “Think aloud” as you plan out activities or resolve problems.
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