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Parenting a child with a learning disability can be challenging. We’ve gathered information to help you get organized, understand your rights and responsibilities, and provide support for your child at home and at school.

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A Learning Disability Is Only One Part of a Child

A Mother's Tale of Middle School Transitions

If you are both a teacher yourself and the parent of a learning disabled child, shouldn't it be easy for you to ensure your child receives appropriate services, including testing and IEP implementation? Maybe, maybe not. Check out one mother's perspective as parent, colleague, and advocate.

A New Resolve This Year: Help Your Child Do Well In School

How can parents help their child do well in school? Learn more in this article about how to get involved, how to support your child if problems arise, and how ensure that your child is having positive experiences at school.

Accessible Textbooks: A Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

If your child cannot read their textbooks, they need digital copies of their books. Schools now can use National Instructional Material Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) to get e-text. Learn the details that will help you advocate for your child so they can use NIMAS. And learn where to find the publishers and producers that provide e-text.

Accommodating Differences

Learn how one mother worked with the school to get help for her child with a learning disability who was once "unable to work on multiplication and division without dissolving into tears and often tantrums for fear of the learning block she’d be up against." She got her child tested and worked with the school to accommodate her difference. At the end of this story, her child is happily learning.

Advice to Kids with Learning or Social Problems About Siblings

Does your child with social skills difficulties have trouble with their brothers and sisters? Read them this advice which is written just for them! And then read the section for you, the parent. Richard Lavoie gives powerful advice on how all people in the family can get along.

Advocacy in Action: You Can Advocate for Your Child!

Advocating for Your Preschool Child

It's never too early to start looking for ways to help your child succeed in learning. This article covers children who are under 2 and who are in preschool. They have rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Find out the first steps to take if you suspect your child has difficulty learning.

Are Learning Disabilities The Only Problem? You Should Know About Other Related Disorders

About half of people with learning disabilities also have other related disorders. Learn about ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and other difficulties. This article, written by Larry B. Silver, a psychiatrist, tells parents about other related disorders, how they can impact your child, and how you can get a diagnosis.

Attending Meetings to Plan Your Child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)

This checklist prepared by the PACER Center will help parents prepare for and get the most out of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with school staff.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

A comprehensive guide on AD/HD from our partners at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY).

Attention Foster Parents: Let’s Work Together!

Foster parents know all too well the many needs of the youth for whom they provide care that include academic services associated with special education. The reality is not a surprise given the literature reports at least 50% of youth in foster care require intense academic and behavioral interventions at school. What should foster parents do?

Avoiding Homework Wars

Does your child have trouble finishing homework within a reasonable amount of time? Is homework a frequent family battle? Learn how to stay sane and help your child succeed.

Back-to-School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Our top 8 back-to-school tips for parents emphasize communication, organization, and staying up-to-date on special education news.

Being an Efficient Homework Helper: Turning a Chore into a Challenge

This article will help your child succeed doing homework. Read tips that can help kids with learning disabilities, ADHD, and dyslexia work faster and with focus. Set up a place for your child to work and give them the supplies they need. Teach them strategies, get them organized, and encourage them to succeed.

Building and Maintaining A Good Relationship with Your Child's Teacher

Help your child succeed in school by developing a strong relationship with your child's teacher. Start the relationship right and maintain the connection. Read these tips from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Children with Disabilities: Understanding Sibling Issues

Coaching Kids With LD and ADHD in Sports

Coaching kids with LD and ADHD in sports involves challenges and rewards for parents and coaches alike.

Communicating with Your Child's School Through Letter Writing

Write letters to your school that will communicate well. The school system really wants to help your child get the best possible education. This publication shows how to tell them what they need to know. Find model letters to request an initial evaluation for special education services, to review your child's records, to meet to discuss your IEP, and more.

Coping with ADD: A Mother's Point of View

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