Rina KellyAs a parent, it is natural to worry about how your child will cope with education especially when he has a learning disability. While it is normal to worry about such, a parent must know that the main goal is not for a child to excel in school under his circumstances but to have a fulfilling life and enjoy school at best. The parents play the most important role in providing learning support for the child. Children with learning disorders have special needs especially when it comes to their learning process. It’s up to the parent or the teacher to implement effective learning styles that the child will be more attentive and easily digest the lesson. If you want to provide your child with the best learning support system, the following tips and methodologies may work.

1. Identify what kind of learning disorder your child has or any disorder that makes learning difficult for them.

There are various learning disorders that plague children and parents both. These are dyslexia (reading disorder), dysgraphia (writing disorder), dyspraxia (motor skill disorder), dysphasia (language disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), autism and many more. Each of these learning disorders has its own set of symptoms that the child may exhibit at an early age. Look out for these symptoms. As a parent, you must be observant and attentive to how your child behaves. For instance, you should know if he is having a hard time pronouncing or making out letter sounds and words compared to his classmates. Does he misspell words consistently? Does he seem to have a problem with hand and eye coordination? Is he restless? The answers to these questions will give you an idea how to categorize your child’s learning disorder and how to address it.

2. Address your child’s disability as a challenge to both of you and act with compassion.
If medically proven that your child indeed has a learning disorder, do not dismay. Accept it as a challenge to be a better parent. This will mean that you have to spend more time with him and let him know that you are there to support him especially with his learning needs. Some children with learning disorders hate school and other people teaching them. A parent will have to step in. Have extra patience in teaching your child. They need more attention and nurturing.

3. Discover the most effective learning styles and implement them.
Every type of disorder will have a specific learning strategy. You must know if your child responds more to what he sees, what he hears or what he does.

If your child is a visual learner or responsive to what he sees, you must implement videos and diagrams in your study. Make use of flash cards, illustrations, drawing books, maps and outlines. The more colorful these materials are the better. If your child is a visual learner, he will most likely love drawing and writing. Nurture what he wants by providing him with drawing boards and art materials. Remember to also take advantage of such and incorporate it in your learning strategy.

If your child is an auditory learner or more responsive to hearing and sounds; he will learn best through music, listening to lectures and reports. He most likely loves to sing, listen to music, play an instrument or be on stage to perform. To maximize learning, give him a detailed and thorough instruction, have lectures on your topics or make him report about them. It may also be stimulating for him if he studies with accompanying music in the background. Most of these children grow up to be musicians, singers and theater artists.

If your child belongs to the kinesthetic learner category, he responds to learning by doing and moving. Children with ADHD usually fall into this category. They are more inclined to learn through experiments, DIY activities, field trips and any other forms of learning with which they could touch things, explore and move around. They are likely to be more interested in sports, dance, martial arts, DIY activities and more. You should allow children under this category to learn by doing something like an experiment.

4. Bring in itinerant learning support through a passionate teacher.
It could be a big challenge when your child with learning disability refuses to go to school with other children which means that you have to educate him yourself. This could pose a problem when you have other responsibilities like your other kids, home chores and work. You can only address this by hiring the services of a home tutor or a teacher specializing in children with special needs. You can allow them to study at home or do it someplace else like your garden or the nearby park. The change in atmosphere will also aid your child’s learning.

5. Be the best model for your child to emulate.
Educating your child at home will also bring benefits like being able to closely monitor his learning growth. This is also your chance to show him a good example. Shower him with love and affection. Make him feel that he is never alone. Be the source of strength for your child. Eventually, he will learn to be confident and be able to face the world on his own.

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