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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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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.

Help Your Child Choose a Career and Find a Job

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:

How to Read a Report Card

The purpose of report cards is to communicate about a child's progress across subject areas. Some kids, especially those having difficulty in school, dread report card time. Here are some suggestions for making report card time a little less scary and a little more productive.

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.

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

Working with Your Child's Teacher to Identify and Address Math Disabilities

An expert explains how math disabilities are identified and how parents can work with teachers to help their kids.

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.

Q&A: I Have Dyslexia. What Does That Mean?

Shelley Ball-Dannenberg discusses her new children's book about what it’s like to have a reading disability.

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.

Fighting For Your Child

Having seen her older son struggle for years, Jennifer Simpson was able to recognize her daughter�s reading challenges in preschool and get her help right away.

Year 2008 Tax Benefits for Parents of Children With LD

Parents of kids with a severe learning disability may be eligible for valuable tax benefits. Read this 2008 update from GreatSchools Inc. to see if you qualify.

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.

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.

Getting the Most Out of Tutoring

Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp for Your LD Child

The founder of The Learning Camp, Ann Cathcart, who is also the parent of a child with a learning disability, tells you how to evaluate summer camps and select one that is right for your child.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

In the first chapter of her book, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, Kathy Kuhl explains how she came to the realization that school wasn't working for her son and decided to do what she never thought she could: stay home and teach him.

What Is Executive Functioning?

The term "executive functioning" has become a common buzzword in schools and psychology offices. This is more than just a passing fad. Find out what executive function is, and what specific abilities are covered under the umbrella term of executive functioning.

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.

Is It a Reading Disorder or Developmental Lag?

How do parents know if their child's reading delay is a real problem or simply a "developmental lag?" How long should parents wait before seeking help if their child is struggling with reading? Susan Hall answers these questions.

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