Working with Families
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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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.
For the single parent the holidays can bring additional stress. For single parents of children with LD and/or ADHD the stress can be even greater. Single parents need to focus on what they can control. Children need all of the love they can get.
It is hard to know what to say to children about the tragic events and crisis of September 11, 2001. This event has brought feelings of fear, sadness, and horror to Americans and to our children. It is impossible to shield children from such events. It is not easy to know what to say to children in times like these.
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."
Parents are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities (CCLD) has developed the following tips to help parents champion their child.
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.