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Thursday, March 15, 2012

If your son or daughter had a learning disability, what steps would you take to ensure they had a positive school experience?


  1. Short answer is...whatever it takes. This would involve doing research about the disability to find out its impact on our child and to learn about the best techniques and resources available. We would work closely with the school personnel to ensure that we all had the same goals for our child. We would assist our child with schoolwork at home to help him/her learn to the best of his/her ability. We feel it would also be important for our child to gain independence by taking responsibility for the things he/she can do. Most importantly, we would make sure our child knows that he/she is loved, accepted and valued for the person he or she is.
    Tricia & Steve

  2. Ken and Louise - having not been in this situation , we would like to believe that we would be active in their lives and be supportive of their challenges like we have been of all our children.

  3. We would try and do much intervention as early as we can to set him/her on the right path. We'd also work closely with the school as a united team, but always make sure we are our child's biggest advocates. We'd both think it important to ensure our child has a HAPPY school career (more so than pushing academics if it is not feasible), pursuing a best fit/"just right" life path for him or her (if the disability were on the more severe side). -Jenna and Brett

  4. Having experienced what its like to work with students with disabilities (not just learning, physical, emotional, etc), I know first hand that the most important solution you can bring to the table is PATIENCE. Patience to work at the disability, patience to know when to give the student some space when they feel frustrated, or don't feel like doing work(reading, writing, speech, etc).

    As far as my child is concerned, I would make sure they know that we (parents) are always there for them. We would make sure we are doing everything possible to help our child succeed in school, from helping with homework, if there is a need to see a specialist (speech, language, etc). There are many exercises and techniques to help with many learning disabilities, and we would make sure that our child practices these techniques, and sometimes a rewards system might be needed. Confidence is also another huge hurdle with children with learning disabilities, school can be very tough for a kid who can't read well, or suffers from a speech impediment, or dyslexia, etc. So, building my child's confidence up will also be very vital.--Val n Sheryl