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Self Esteem & Stress Management

Individuals with learning disabilities often struggle with self esteem because of poor academic performance or difficulties with social relationships. Articles in this section provide tips for developing healthy self esteem in children, as well as resources for ways to talk with kids about learning disabilities.

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Meeting the Challenge of Conformity

Many people with attention deficit disorder find that conforming to standard behavior in the workplace can be challenging. This article tells the story of Jane. Her story illustrates why conformity can be difficult, ways to identify problem areas, and how to navigate around them.

Get Your Child Ready for Work

How can you help your child develop a strong work ethic and job skills? Teach them to take pride in a well-done task. Make them a productive part of your home. Help them remediate their learning disabilities and do well in school. Guide them as they determine and develop their strengths.

Goal Setting for Children with Learning Disabilities: Your Role Is Important

The ability to set goals and meet them is essential for success of people with learning disabilities. Learn how to help children set goals, persevere toward those goals, and succeed in making their dreams come true.

Explaining Learning Disabilities to Your Child

Talking to your child about their learning disabilities is crucial. Rick Lavoie explains how parents can dispel misconceptions, highlight the child's support systems, and provide on going encouragement that will help their child flourish.

Finding Happiness in Your Child

This essay looks at how recasting your thinking about happiness — from an external "goals achieved" view to an internal "happiness received" view — can help parents and children find joy in everyday achievements.

The World's Greatest Underachiever

Actor and author Henry Winkler reminisces about how dyslexia impacted his school years in this article from Highlights for Children magazine. "Now I know," he writes, "that even if a person learns differently, he or she can still be filled with greatness."

Carlton Plays Tee-Ball: A Case Study in Inclusive Recreation

Volunteers and professionals involved in recreational activities should get to know the individual participants and be aware of making assumptions based on labels.

Are Dyslexia and Wealth Linked? Study Finds Individuals with Dyslexia More Likely to Be Millionaires

A study by the Tulip Financial Group found that self-made millionaires are more likely to be dyslexic. A significant majority of the 5,000 self-made millionaires in Britain reportedly struggled in school. The results come from a study commissioned by the British Broadcasting Company 2 (BBC2) for its series The Mind of A Millionaire.

Lessons From Learners

Remarks by Sally L. Smith at the National Gallery of Art

What Makes a Good Teacher

Community Survey: What Makes a Good Teacher?

Thanks to all our readers who responded to the question; "What makes a good teacher?"

Graduate Motivated, Even with Learning Disabilities


New Teaching Approach Shuns Labeling Children

Meeting the Challenges of Maintaining Confidence as a Learner

Students with Disabilities Advocate Best for Themselves

Supporting a Sense of Learning Competency for Children with Language Related Learning Disabilities

A Game of Strengths and Weaknesses: Athletics Amid Academics

The following is based on my clinical experience and familiarity with the general research regarding issues of learning disabilities. It is not meant as a guide for therapeutic intervention or scientific review, but to promote "food for thought" regarding the potential benefits of sports in the world of learning disabilities. Hopefully, it will encourage students, parents, and educators to expand their thinking regarding how to investigate strengths.

Art and Learning Disabilities

I was a hopeless student when I was in grade school. "Patricia Buckley is not proficient in any subject" was the summary on one of my school reports. I have always had a lot of energy and a mind that runs all over the place. Only when I am drawing or painting am I both quiet and concentrated. A grade school teacher saved me. She told my mother. "You need to get Pat to a school where art is appreciated. That is where her talent lies."

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