Coping with a Learning Disability
By Ann Logsdon, About.com Guide
- How are Special Education Decisions Made?
- Learning Disabilities in Reading
- Coping with Learning Disabilities in Math
- Coping with Learning Disabilities in Writing
- Managing Conflicts with Your Child's School
- Behavior Problems and Discipline
- Emotional Health
- Helping Your Child at Home and Improving Study Skills
- Teach Your Child Social Skills
- Infancy and Early Childhood Development
- Parenting Learning Disabled Teens and Tweens
- College, Vocational School Programs
- Career and Workplace Issues
- Learning Disabilities and Aging
How are Special Education Decisions Made?
Making the right special education decisions for your child requires some study. The special education decision making process is vital to your child's success in school program. Learn how schools develop individual education programs for students with specific learning disabilities and other types of disabilities. Learn what to expect during IEP team meetings and how you can actively participate in this important decision making process to strengthen your child's special education program.
- What to Expect in IEP Team Meetings
- What is an Individual Education Program?
- What are Parent Rights in Special Education?
- How to Get Your Child Tested
Learning Disabilities in Reading
Learning disabilities in basic reading skills and dyslexia typically involve difficulty in recognizing letters and connecting the sounds they represent. If your child is a beginning reader, or you suspect she may have a learning disability in basic reading, these strategies and activities can help you support her learning at home and at school.
- Teach Your Child Sight Words
- Multisensory Teaching Helps Learning Disabilities
- Encouraging Reluctant Readers
- Improve Reading Skills Outside of School
- Teaching Resources for Learning Disabilities
- Improve Reading Comprehension
Coping with Learning Disabilities in Math
Math Strategies - Children with learning disabilities in math can be successful in school with the right support. Learn strategies to help.
- Multisensory Math Tools for Tactile Learners
- Teach Your Baby Early Math Concepts and Words
- Common Math Weaknesses
- Multisensory Teaching Methods
- Adapting Teaching for Learning Disabilities
- Teaching Resources for Learning Disabilities
Coping with Learning Disabilities in Writing
Find helpful resources to help you understand and teach writing and fine motor skills.
- Teaching Writing Skills During School Breaks
- Build Fine Motor and Writing Skills
- Printable Writing Flashcards
Managing Conflicts with Your Child's School
Conflicts with Schools - Having a disagreement with your child's school? If so, you know first hand how frustrating it can be to resolve conflicts over your child's special education program. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve the situation, and you do have rights. Learn more about the available options to resolve conflicts, and most importantly, improve educational opportunities for your learning disabled child.
- Building Positive Teacher Relationships
- Learn Advocacy Skills
- Conflict Management Strategies
- Why Parents File Formal Complaints
- Mediation Helps Resolve Conflicts
Behavior Problems and Discipline
Behavior Problems and Discipline - Children with learning disabilities who also have significant behavior problems often face disciplinary actions and are at risk for being placed in more restrictive special education programs. Learning about your child's rights and procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the limitations of those rights will help you become a more effective advocate for his education. Find information you need to know to advocate for your child.
- In-School Suspension
- Disciplinary Actions May Require Parent Meetings
- Parent Rights Under the IDEA
- Positive Reinforcement
- Bullying of LD Students in Schools
Emotional Health - Learning Disabilities and Emotional Health - Supporting your child's emotional health and well being is as important as academics. It takes a lot of courage to face school every day when you know you are going to need more help than others, may fail more often, and are in special education classes. Find resources to help you support your child through stress, bullying, self-esteem issues, and more.
- Preventing Cyberbullying
- Stress Management
- Reducing Stress for Parents and Students
- Ways to Support Your LD Child's Self-Esteem
Helping Your Child at Home and Improving Study Skills
As your child goes through school, coping with his learning disability will be much easier as he learns effective study skills. You'll also find that learning activities you do at home can strengthen skills as well. Find helpful tips, tools, worksheets, and strategies that can help your child learn at all levels of school.
- Study Groups Improve Learning and Grades
- Improve Comprehension with Graphic Organizers
- Worksheets for Reading, Math, Writing, and Social Skills
- Mnemonics may Improve Memory
Teach Your Child Social Skills
Social Skills - Children and teens with learning disabilities often need your support in developing social skills and developing positive relationships at school, at home, and in the community. Learn ways you can supporting your child's social skill development.
- Building Identity and Self-Esteem Building
- Holiday Behavior Management
- Build Self-Esteem with Family Values Activities
- Help Your Child Choose Healthy Friends
- Easy Steps to Make Friends
Infancy and Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development - Learn about your child's development from infancy through preschool years and how to recognize developmental delays and early signs of possible learning disabilities. Explore infant and early childhood programs, and find fun activities to teach your child early concepts to give her the best start possible in education.
- Ways to Detect, Treat, and Prevent Developmental Delays
- Baby's First Six Months
- Six to Twelve Months
- Twelve to 18 Months
- 18 to 24 Months - Becoming a Toddler
- 24 to 36 Months - Toddlerhood
- Your Preschooler at Three to Four Years
- Your Kindergartener at Four to Five Years
- Your First Grader at Five to Six Years
- Early Signs of Learning Disabilities
- What are Developmental Delays?
Parenting Learning Disabled Teens and Tweens
Parenting Middle and High School Students with Learning Disabilities - Find resources to help you manage the educational, vocational, social and emotional, developmental, and family issues you will encounter as the parent of a middle or high school student with learning disabilities.
- Learning Disability Facts Every Teen Must Know
- Why LD Students Underachieve
- Teach Your Teen to Make Good Friends
College, Vocational School Programs
Discover strategies to help learning disabled students become successful in higher education. Learn about college level programs for students with learning disabilities. Find ways to prepare for educational programs after high school.
- Advocate for Yourself in College
- Comparative Overview of Section 504 and IDEA
- How to File a Formal Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights
- Learning Self-Advocacy, Advocating for Yourself in College and Vocational School
- How Develop a Study Group
- College - Transitioning Your Child to College
- Disability Rights - College vs. High School Disability Rights
Career and Workplace Issues
Be prepared for success on your job. Learn ways to minimize the effect of your disability on your job. Learn about your rights as an employee with a learning disability and the limitations of your rights. Find out what to do if you need help on the job and where to find assistance.
- Managing Learning Disabilities in the Workplace
- Learning Disabled Adults in the Workplace
- Working With a Disability
- Resources for Workers with Disabilities
- The ADA Protects Job Applicants with Disabilities
- Workplace Rights for People with Disabilities
Learning Disabilities and Aging
Explore issues affecting adults with learning disabilities as they move toward retirement and later years. Find information on disabling conditions and diseases that can affect learning, memory, and other functions.