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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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Dyslexic Parents of Dyslexic Children

Dyslexic parents talk about what it is like to have children with dyslexia. They speak of both the blessings and challenges.

Helping Students with LD Pass High-Stakes Tests

Students must pass a high stakes tests to graduate high school. These tests are a major barrier for students with learning disabilities who often do not test well. Accommodations can help. Learn how to help children with learning disabilities do well on these tests.

These Tips Might Make Your Son a Reader

Boys may encounter stereotypes that make developing a life-long love of reading more difficult. This article examines those negative perceptions, and gives parents a list of concrete suggestions to combat stereotyping.

Raisin' Brain: Maintaining Homes for All Kinds of Minds

School is not the only arena in which children's minds need to be nurtured and expanded. Equally vital is the kind of education and brain building that a student undergoes at home.

Divorce: It Can Complicate Children's Special Education Issues

Divorce is never easy, and it can be especially complicated for families also navigating special education services. This article examines who can make educational decisions for a child after a divorce, as well as how sole or joint legal and/or physical custody impact IEP meetings and IDEA due process rights. Answers to some specific questions from divorcing parents are also presented.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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?

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.

Your Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents

Interview with Author Mark Smith

Mark Smith wrote from his experiences parenting a son with ADHD. "When we were reading everything we could find about the disorder, we were disappointed not to find more books from a child's point of view that showed other children in the same situation, a book to reassure kids that they aren't the only one this is happening to. That's why I wrote Pay Attention, Slosh!"

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.

Ten Tenets for Parents

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.

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.

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.

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.

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