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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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Some Common Sense Steps to Resolving Disagreements Between Parents and Schools

Special Siblings

Speech and Language Milestone Chart

STEM Tools at Home

Many of the "tools" needed for science, math, and engineering exploration are right inside your home! Here are five ideas for putting everyday tools to work for some everyday fun:

Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years

Strategies for Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia

Here are a dozen simple strategies to help your children keep the academic skills they learned during the school year. Support them as they read. Give them material that is motivating — and some of it should be easy. Help them enjoy books and feel pleasure — not pressure — from reading. The summer should be a relaxed time where their love of learning can flower.

Student Profile: Parent Form

Student Profile: Student Form

Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read will gain skills.

Summertime and the Learning Is Easy

The summer is a time to unwind and relax for parents and kids alike, but learning should not come to a halt. By focusing on your child's interests, involving the family, and setting goals, you can motivate even the most reluctant learners

Talking to Children About LD

A psychologist specializing in language-based learning disabilities explains how to talk to children about their LD: All the parts you need to be smart are in your brain. Nothing is missing or broken. The difference between your brain and one that doesn't have an LD is that your brain gets "traffic jams" on certain highways.

Talking to Your Children About Their Attention Deficit Disorder

Targeting Home-School Collaboration for Students with ADHD

Good communication between schools and parents is crucial for children with ADHD. In this article, there are many ideas to facilitate the home-school collaboration and help students succeed.

Ten Tenets for Parents

Ten Tips for Negotiating the Best Education for Your Child

Ten Ways to Take Charge of Your Child's IEP Meeting or Family Support Plan

The Learning Disabled Child and the Home

The Process of Discovery: Finding Out Why Your Child is Struggling

The Role of Family Therapy in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Learning Disabilities

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."

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