Tips for Families

Families often find that managing a child with special needs takes alot of energy and research. Finding the right help is important to keep everyone positive, but remember these helpful personal tips, too:

  • Learning disabilities can be managed
  • Everyone faces challenges
  • Don’t let homework time, tests, and school politics get to you
  • Do not give up on your child
  • Continue to work with your child’s school to get your child the help he/she needs
  • Make sure your child is in the best environment to aid his/her disability
  • Remain patient with your child – getting frustrated with your child will not help them move forward
  • Work with professionals
  • Your child needs your support
  • Encourage your child to do his/her best
  • Help your child at homework time to overcome challenges he/she might face
  • Engage your child in conversation and ask questions
  • Show your child how much you love him/her everyday
  • Read to your child everyday – this will increase their abilities to read and gives them some alone time with you daily
  • Pay attention to what type of learner your child is (visual/auditory/kinesthetic)
  • Alter activities to suit the type of learning your child is
  • Make learning more interactive
  • Capitalize on your child’s strengths – this will boost his/her confidence in everything they do
  • Never lower expectations of your child because of his or her learning disability
  • Setting small goals together will encourage and motivate your child
  • Help your child reach his or her goals
  • Praise your child when goals are met and continue to set more
  • Take care of yourself
  • Look for support groups of other parents/families that have children with learning disabilities
  • Don’t be afraid to take a break – ask family members for assistance with child care when you need to
  • Make sure you are in good health