my child has a learning disability

My Child has a Learning Disability, Now What

If you are thinking my child has a learning disability, now how do I help them. There are a variety of things that can help a student with learning disabilities or any delays.

First, really consider the student, their needs, likes, interests, and those things that may hinder their education. For example, if they are poor at reading, perhaps when they are working on other subjects provide them with educational tapes on the same subject.

my child has a learning disability

Some common educational practices to use are:

  • relaxation
  • concentration
  • slow down
  • organize
  • write down
  • repeat
  • visualize

Some tweaking of these strategies can be done to accommodate those that need extra help. For example, translate the information into something of their interests. Use imagination and illustrations to make the lesson easier to comprehend. The students can apply the topic to other ideas to reinforce the lesson. It is useful to practice using the new information for better memorization.

“Federal regulations require access and accountability for students with learning disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [PL 93-112], as amended, requires that individuals with disabilities, including students with learning disabilities, be given equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the policies and procedures customarily granted to all individuals. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 [IDEA], [PL 105-17], regulations require that all students with disabilities participate in a state’s accountability system.

These provisions require participation, but to truly give students a fair assessment, they should be provided the tools necessary to show their full potential/knowledge. This may include non-timed assessments, protection against high-stake tests, opportunity to learn the material, accessible resources, attention to language difference, and appropriate tests that emphasize their abilities not their disabilities.

For students to receive the education necessary for them to show their true potential, they must first be identified. It is teachers and parents jobs to identify possible candidates, so that they may receive appropriate services. Once they are identified, they must find an environment in which they are successful. This will prepare them for the rest of academics which will in turn prepare them for adulthood.

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ADHD and ADD

If students are having problems staying on task due to ADD and ADHD, there are a variety of tactic that can be taken. They include, but are not limited to:

making supplies easily accessible
using a manageable amount of work
using behavior modification systems
quiet areas, simplified environment
study buddies
open discussions
using personal stories to illustrate a point
using a variety of tones
framing visual materials to promote focus
using visual signals such as covering your mouth to signal silence.

These examples can be used in both special education and none special education classes. It is important to use what is most applicable to the students, and in order to do this it is essential to truly know the students. Students with learning disabilities, such as ADD and ADHD, may also have difficulty taking state/district-wide assessments. It is essential that these students be provided with the opportunity to truly demonstrate their strengths and knowledge. In order for this to occur, schools must abide to the laws that outline special education.

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How to Help Child Struggling at School

When students are falling behind in their regular class work and/or are in need of extra help, often assessments are needed to further understand the child. It is important to pin point how to help child struggling at school. By finding out their needs, strengths and weaknesses, so that they can achieve their true potential. Adaptations of instruction may be necessary for accommodating the learner’s abilities, styles, and deficits.

How to help a child struggling in school

How to Help Child Struggling at School: Pin Point the Problem

1. The first step that should be taken after suspicions that the student needs help is vision and hearing tests. These tests can often help the student and rule out further investigations.

2. If these tests find nothing, then the next step is to do a learning disabilities evaluation. There are a wide variety of tests that can be used, the most common being “discrepancy model.” It is given and funded by the school district and can be provided at any time due to parental request. The “discrepancy model” includes a psychological test given by a licensed psychologist, normally an IQ test, and an educational test given by a school psychologist or trained professional, normally an academic achievements test. If there is an inconsistency in the results of the two tests, usually if the student tests well on the IQ and poor on the academic portion, they may have a learning disability.

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International Down Syndrome Day

International Down Syndrome Day

Yesterday was International Down Syndrome Day. Although this is a day late, there is no difference in the importance of celebrating those different from us. It is each of our uniqueness’s that make the whole more interesting. As the video states, different is not less and there is so much to learn from one another.

International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life

Down Syndrome effects 1 in every 691 births. It can range in severity, but the common symptoms are a delay in physical and intellectual development. Often individual’s effected have low muscle town, a flattened facial profile, a single crease across the palm, and an upward slant to the eyes. There can be heart, feeding, sight, and other issues involved. Down Syndrome is present when there are 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46 a the chromosome effected is the 21st chromosome. It can be only a partial or a full copy of Chromosome 21. There are cases that they call ‘Mosaic’ where some of the areas of the individual are normal while others are not. There is no known reason for the disorder, but it occurs when there is an error in cell division.  The chances increase with age of the mother, but 80% of children born with down syndrome are under 35 years old.

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picky eaters

Picky Eaters: 16 Steps to Finding Success

Finding Success with Picky Eaters

Here are sixteen steps to finding success with picky eaters. It is all about what works best for your family, your child’s personality, and giving the child confidence in food.

picky eaters

  • Picky Eating often starts around age one
  • Some days toddlers eat lots and other days it seems like almost nothing
  • A child may need to experience a food 10-15 times before they like it
  • The inconsistency of their environment as they are constantly changing may lead to them wanting to have consistency in their foods= toddlers eating the same items again and again
  • Kids tend to like what their parents like. It all links back to experience either in the womb or opportunities outside the womb.
  • Be a Good Role Model. Picky eaters learn it from somewhere.
  • Have your child help prepare the meal. The excitement over being the chef just might lead to your child joining in and eating with you.
  • Show enthusiasm over good foods. Your child will pick up on your ques and imitate your behavior.
  • Think about what your child seems to avoid. Is there a similarity, like consistency, think about that and try to plan your meal accordingly.
  • Your toddlers stomach is about the size of their clenched fist. Don’t expect them to eat the same amount of food as you
  • As a parent, provide good snack options. Let your child pick when and how much they need to eat. This provides opportunities for your child to learn to control eating, as well as, a healthy love for food.
  • Mix in new foods next to ones they already like. Encourage your child to fully explore this new food.
  • Use healthy dips to encourage your child to get into the fun of eating their food
  • Offer your child food they can feed themselves like finger foods
  • Keep mealtimes short
  • If need be, seek medical advice. There are children who need more help from a feeding specialist to find success.