If your child has a learning disability, you can help him survive, and thrive by teaching him to:
• Find and use available resources including tutors, learning disability experts and special classes at school.
• Find strategies that work for him. Need more time on projects and tests? Does a calculator or computer help him complete work? Need a proofreader to spot errors? Don’t be bashful about asking for needed help.
• Be honest about the disability. Only if teachers, counselors and friends know about a problem can they help your child with it.
• Avoid using a disability as an excuse. A learning disability doesn’t mean you’re stupid or you can’t learn.
• Find a hobby or other activity to enjoy. This will take your child’s mind off the disability and help her learn new skills.
• Focus on strengths. Exploring his talents to the fullest will help your child and others discover what’s really special about him.
• Learn more about the disability and your child’s learning style. The more he knows, the more he can help himself. Plus he can help others understand him.
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