Although a learning disability can present an increased number of challenges for a child placed into a traditional schooling environment, with the right approach they too, can succeed and gain concepts that will be valuable for a lifetime.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that learning disabled students simply learn in a different way than their peers. The presence of their disability should not lead to an automatic assumption that they have less intellectual capacity.
It is equally important that parents take steps to seek professional assistance from those who are qualified to diagnose learning disabilities as soon as a problem is suspected. Although it may seem logical to wait and see if apparent difficulties resolve themselves as time goes on, it is very important to seek a diagnosis as soon as possible. This will ensure that your child has access to any necessary remediation techniques so that they will not fall behind in relation to their classmates who are learning from the same curriculum.
Many learning disabled students learn best when taught with a curriculum that incorporates both visual and auditory aids. Discuss your child’s learning style preferences with teachers and school administrators, so that they are aware of how best to help your child retain learning concepts.
Parental involvement is also very important. Make a point to ask your child about their school day and offer help with homework. If you notice mistakes, mention them in a gentle, supportive way. Constant parental interaction within the learning process not only helps you stay informed about what your child is learning, but it also helps you become more aware of accomplishments and potential problem areas.
Remember that the diagnosis of a learning disability merely means that your child needs additional support for their unique style of acquiring information. With the proper assistance, your child can have a successful learning experience from start to finish.