Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
I know you don’t want to stand out or be different and draw negative attention to yourself. I know you just want to be normal and fit in with everyone. I know you don’t want anyone to know you have a learning disability and you don’t want people to call you stupid. I know because I have been through this myself. Become your own advocate! Be brave and communicate with your teachers! The sooner you accept who you are and how you were made, the sooner you will be successful. You are a very smart person, you just learn differently than others. You need to talk to your teachers and don’t be afraid to sit in the front of the classroom so you can hear better and won’t be distracted. Don’t be afraid to take tests outside of the classroom. Be proud of who your are! School and socializing will be a struggle, you will have to work twice as hard as your friends. But don’t give up, always believe in yourself. Don’t listen to negative comments. Don’t listen to the bullies. Keep focused on your goals and keep working and fighting for yourself. I can tell you it is not easy but it is worth it.
You are uniquely and wonderfully made!
There are no “cookie cutter” brains or ways to learn.
Learn to embrace the way and how you think.
Embrace how academic challenges can make you a stronger individual .
Realize that hard work now, pays off more quickly than someone who learns easily because everyone has challenges in life and the quicker you learn to work hard and persevere the more rewarding it can feel.
Getting help for children with learning disabilities
When it comes to learning disabilities, it’s not always easy to know what to do and where to find help. Turning to specialists who can pinpoint and diagnose the problem is, of course, important. You will also want to work with your child’s school to make accommodations for your child and get specialized academic help. But don’t overlook your own role. You know your child better than anyone else, so take the lead in looking into your options, learning about new treatments and services, and overseeing your child’s education.
Learn the specifics about your child’s learning disability. Read and learn about your child’s type of learning disability. Find out how the disability affects the learning process and what cognitive skills are involved. It’s easier to evaluate learning techniques if you understand how the learning disability affects your child.
Research treatments, services, and new theories. Along with knowing about the type of learning disability your child has, educate yourself about the most effective treatment options available. This can help you advocate for your child at school and pursue treatment at home.
Pursue treatment and services at home. Even if the school doesn’t have the resources to treat your child’s learning disability optimally, you can pursue these options on your own at home or with a therapist or tutor.
Nurture your child’s strengths. Even though children with learning disabilities struggle in one area of learning, they may excel in another. Pay attention to your child’s interests and passions. Helping children with learning disorders develop their passions and strengths will probably help them with the areas of difficulty as well.
Social and emotional skills: How you can help
Learning disabilities can be extremely frustrating for children. Imagine having trouble with a skill all of your friends are tackling with ease, worrying about embarrassing yourself in front of the class, or struggling to express yourself. Things can be doubly frustrating for exceptionally bright children with learning disabilities–a scenario that’s not uncommon.
Kids with learning disabilities may have trouble expressing their feelings, calming themselves down, and reading nonverbal cues from others. This can lead to difficulty in the classroom and with their peers. The good news is that, as a parent, you can have a huge impact in these areas. Social and emotional skills are the most consistent indicators of success for all children—and that includes kids with learning disorders. They outweigh everything else, including academic skills, in predicting lifelong achievement and happiness.
Learning disabilities, and their accompanying academic challenges, can lead to low self-esteem, isolation, and behavior problems, but they don’t have to. You can counter these things by creating a strong support system for children with learning disabilities and helping them learn to express themselves, deal with frustration, and work through challenges. By focusing on your child’s growth as a person, and not just on academic achievements, you’ll help him or her learn good emotional habits that set the stage for success throughout life.
Finding support while helping a child with learning disabilities
All children can be both exhilarating and exhausting, but it may seem that your child with a learning disability is especially so. You may experience some frustration trying to work with your child, and it can seem like an uphill battle when you don’t have the information you need. After you learn what their specific learning disability is and how it is affecting their behavior, you will be able to start addressing the challenges in school and at home. If you can, be sure to reach out to other parents who are addressing similar challenges as they can be great sources of knowledge and emotional support.
General information about learning disabilities and disorders
National Center for Learning Disabilities – Offers a wide range of information about learning disabilities, including signs and symptoms, testing, and tips for home and school. (ncld.org)
LD Basics – Learn the basics about learning disabilities, including common warning signs and symptoms, how to respond, and tips for getting help early. (LD OnLine)
Learning Disabilities – Kid-friendly and encouraging article about learning disabilities, including signs, causes and help. (TeensHealth)