Because students with LD often have problems with organizational and study skills, they need a variety of strategies to help them be successful in school.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America offers tips on ways college students can deal with the problems they face. Here are the suggestions that apply to high school students as well:
• Talk to your child’s teachers early in the year. There are many ways teachers can help students with LD.
• Set realistic goals and priorities. Students with LD can learn, but it may take them more time than other students.
• Ask if your teen can use a tape recorder in class. He should get in the habit of recording the key points in the teacher’s lecture. Then as soon as possible after class, he can listen to the tape and make sure his notes are complete.
• Sit toward the front of the room. Teens with LD need as few distractions as possible.
• See if tape recorded books are available. There are organizations that will tape record textbooks for use by students with disabilities.
• Keep only one calendar. Assignments for all classes and appointments should be written in one place. It’s difficult for teens with LD to learn to manage their time.
• Ask for help early. Don’t wait until the day before the test to talk to the teacher about problems. Schools have many resources for students with LD. By asking for help early, your teen will be more likely to get the help he needs.
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