Is your uniquely-abled child suffering from learning disability? Are you worried about how he/she would cope in school? It’s natural for you to want the best for your child. But academic success, while it’s important, should not be the end goal. Your child should have a happy and fulfilling life. With proper support and encouragement, a uniquely-abled child can gain strong self-confidence for lifelong success.
Here’s how you can deal with a child’s learning difficulty.
Put things in perspective: Learning disabilities are not insurmountable. Everyone faces obstacles in life. It’s the responsibility of the parents to teach a child how to overcome these obstacles without being overwhelmed. Don’t let class tests, school bureaucracy, and the paperwork sway your attention from what is really important. Extend plenty of moral and emotional support to your child.
Be your own expert: Carry out your own research to keep abreast of the new developments regarding learning disability programs, educational techniques, and therapies. People are often tempted to seek advice from doctors, teachers and therapists for solutions. But it’s your child after all. So it’s you who have to take charge to find the right tools that your child will need to learn.
Be your child’s advocate: Parents of a uniquely-abled child often have to get special help. Be proactive in your parenting and work on your communication skills. Yes, it does get frustrating at times. But try to remain calm and reasonably firm. This will make a big difference in your child.
Your influence is the biggest thing: A child follows the path of his/her parents. Approach the learning challenges with hard work and optimism. Your child will embrace the perspective.