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Parenting a child with a learning disability can be challenging. We've gathered information that educators can share with parents to help them provide the best support for their child at home and at school.

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Lessons Learned

Read tips for raising a child with dyslexia, written by a mother of a dyslexic son. This article describes how to get your child evaluated,how to hire and work with a tutor, and ways to work reading and academic skills into your daily life with your child, and how to handle the ups and downs of parenting a child who has troubles in school.

Letter from a Parent

As the parent of a learning disabled student, I want to share my experiences with you. Sometimes I would be very unhappy with my son. He would not attend classes and would not complete his assignments. We always seemed to be arguing over his school work.

Life Success For Students With Learning Disabilities: A Parent's Guide

Learn how to help your children succeed. Frostig Center research uncovered six success attributes that make a difference in being effective in life. They include self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal-setting, using support systems, and emotional coping strategies. Read ways to encourage your child to develop these character traits.

Loneliness, Self-Efficacy, and Hope: Often Neglected Dimensions of the LD Learning Process

Students with learning disabilities often feel lonely and socially isolated in school. Learn more about how families can help their children build resilience, self-esteem, motivation, and family relationships.

Making the Most of the Telephone Network

How can you get the information that you need on the telephone? Tracking down the facts that will help your child can be difficult detective work. You may feel driven from place to place with everybody seemingly "on the other line" or "out of the office for a moment."

Managing Your Child's Education: Creative and Smart Ideas

Mealtimes

Family mealtimes are a great way to reinforce communication skills and promote early literacy and good behavior with your child. Read on to learn how to with some simple activities designed to encourage language, problem solving, good habits.

Motivation: The Key to Academic Success

Motivation is key to school success. Just as the actor asks a director, "What is my motivation, for this scene?," the child turns to teachers, parents, and peers to discover the "why" of learning. Motivation is often defined as a need or drive that energizes behavior toward a goal.

Multisensory Parenting Tips

There are many ways a parent can help and encourage a child by using some multisensory techniques. Although this may involve some changes in the home, the results may be well worth the effort.

My Brother is Different

My Son's Disability, and My Own Inability to See It

This is a cautionary tale, not just for people who have no real idea of what a learning disability is and probably suspect the whole thing is an overindulgent scam, but also for any parent of a child struggling mightily through school.

Nurturing Oral Language Skills

Organizational Problems and the Beginning of the School Year

Read techniques from Rick Lavoie to help your child get organized for the new school year. Don't let their bedrooms and backpacks become black holes. They need effective systems and routines. Get them started right so they can remember their homework assignments, stick to deadlines, and develop organizational skills.

Parent Observation

To help prepare for school meetings and share your knowledge of your child, use the observation profile below to record the information. Your observations are important in helping the school determine if learning problems do exist and what special services your child may need.

Parenting Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities: Becoming the Mentor, Advocate, and Guide Your Young Adult Needs

Learn how to launch your child to success through learning to parent your children as they become independent young adults. Although you no longer have the same authority, your guidance and support are critical.

Parenting Teens with ADHD Made Simple

Teens. One minute they love you. They want your input and guidance. Next minute, they're super critical and act as if you're an idiotic dork. They want you to be there, but only when they think they need you. They can't figure out why you don't know when to butt out! You can be so stupid, not to mention unfair and out to ruin their lives.

Parents - Children's Best Advocates

Parents Partnering with Tutors

Work well with your tutor and get results. Learn good questions to ask. This short article will set your relationship on the right track.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Practical Tips to Help Your Child Learn Better and to Value Education

This summer, as you sit on the beach, or by the pool, or under the cool shade of a tree, thinking about how to help your child do better in the next school year, you may want to consider some of the practical tips that I have found to be helpful with my own family, and with the children I treat. These suggestions apply to all children at all ages and are not specifically geared toward any one temperament, learning style or emotional state.

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