‘My 5 year old daughter, while writing keeps repeating the same mistakes again and again. She at times writes inverted alphabets. I am trying my best to help her out, I gave her my full attention but still she is doing poorly in her studies. Does she have a leaning disorder?’
Many children may struggle in school with some topics or skills from time to time. When children try hard and still struggle with a specific set of skills over time, it could be a sign of a learning disorder.
Having a learning disorder means that a child has difficulty in one or more areas of learning, even when overall intelligence or motivation is not affected.
Learning problems can often be managed very successfully, even though they cannot be cured.
Here are a few tips for dealing with your child’s learning disability
- Keep things in perspective – Remind yourself that everyone faces obstacles. It’s up to you as a parent to teach your child how to deal with those obstacles without becoming discouraged or overwhelmed.
- Be an advocate for your child– You may have to speak up time and time again to get special help for your child. Embrace your role as a proactive parent and work on your communication skills.
- Don’t Compare– Don’t compare him/her to his/her friends or siblings. Comparing creates a gap between the child and the parents.
- Boost Self-confidence– Appreciate him/her even for the smallest tasks they have performed. Verbal appreciation works wonders for children, it helps them boost their confidence and self esteem.
- Identify how your child learns best– Is your child a visual learner, an auditory learner, or a kinesthetic learner? Once you’ve figured out how they learn best, you can take steps to make sure that type of learning is reinforced in the classroom and during home study.
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