Simple Ways to Deal With Your Child’s Learning Struggles

Learning disabilities affect millions of children every year, but that doesn’t mean it is any less painful for a parent to find out that one of their children is headed for a lifetime of struggles because learning is so difficult for them though. It hurts because the hope that they will succeed and have a better life seems carelessly thrown out the door. How will they be able to go to college? Will they even graduate high school? Well, of course they can. Having a learning disability doesn’t mean a child can’t still have a productive life. The trick is to give them the right tools, and teach them to never give up no matter how hard things get.

Problem Solving Skills

Some of the most famous people in the world have had learning disabilities, but they didn’t let it stop them from going after their dreams. In fact, Albert Einstein was dyslexic, and he turned out to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. Success has a lot to do with persistence. By consistently working on a problem, you can find a way to get through it. So above all else, teach your child about effective problem solving skills for situations when they just can’t seem to figure out what to do. When one way doesn’t work, there is always another way that will. You just have to find it.

Give Them the Right Tools

A few tools such as a tape recorder, index cards, and multi-colored highlighter pens can help improve memory recall by allowing the child to review learning material several times. Have them record instructional lessons in the classroom on the tape recorder, so they can listen to them again later on at home. The highlighter pens should be used to highlight important information in their textbook. Any key words or definitions that need to be memorized can be written on the index cards. Quiz them repeatedly each night with these homemade flash cards. Also, teach them about effective note taking skills, and have them review and recopy their notes on a daily basis too.

Tutors

Hiring a tutor to review learning material with your child is an excellent way to help them get ahead of school work. Though some will work for free, those requiring payment are often reasonably priced. If you cannot afford to hire a tutor, talk to your child’s teacher about pairing them up with another child as a study partner. Sometimes, hearing the material from a peer helps it “sink in” better.

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