IX. SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
- Help child understand the nature of the difficulty
Read books on the subject
Emphasize the child's abilities instead of the child's "disabilities"
- Reassure the child of his/her self-worth
Help the child become aware of his/her own special unique talents
Praise when it is deserved
Avoid negative remarks, e.g.:
"Can't you do a simple thing like this?"
"I've told you that twenty times already."
"If you don't bring up those grades, you'll be grounded for six weeks."
"You could do it if you just try harder."
"You're just being lazy."
- Help the child locate and develop other talents
- Structure the child's life at home
Established regular routines: meals, play, TV, chores, bedtime, etc.
Keep belongings in the same place to:
help the child remember where to put them
remind him/her as often as necessary
use visual reminders
be patient when he/she forgets
Keep instructions simple - one at a time and be sure he/she understands.
Ask him/her to repeat instructions and give your child time to think.
Break tasks into small parts, or steps; giving steps one step at a time.
- Help improve self-image and confidence
Give tasks your child can master
Build on what he/she knows
Don't assume anything; if a child doesn't understand, help him/her
- F. Help with school work
Provide a place to study with minimal distraction
Help plan long-term assignments
Help schedule your child's homework; include breaks
Read assignments to him/her
Ask questions; discuss his/her work
Act as your child's secretary; write assignments as he/she dictates
- Work closely with your child's teacher
Explain his/her difficulty to the teacher
Ask for lighter homework loads
Ask for permission for you to write assignments for your child
Ask that he/she be allowed to do more oral than written work
Ask the teacher not to call on your child to read aloud
(Copyright 1984, Margaret T. Smith and Edith A. Hogan. Permission to duplicate for
Texas public school use only. All other rights reserved.)