Helping kids with learning disabilities

A learning disability is characterized by diminished intellectual ability and difficulty with daily tasks. It has an effect on one or more of the fundamental mental functions involved in comprehending or using spoken or written language. The disability may emerge as an inability to think, listen, read, write, speak, spell, or perform mathematical calculations. Every person with a learning disability is unique, with different difficulties. Uneven areas of abilities is a major characteristic of people with learning disabilities. For example, a dyslexic kid who suffers with reading, writing, and spelling may excel in math and art.
In general, children with disabilities have average or above-average intelligence. There frequently appears to be a mismatch between a child’s potential and actual achievement. That’s the reason why learning disabilities are referred to as “hidden disabilities”: the child appears to be normal and very smart, but may be unable to demonstrate the skill level expected of someone of a similar age. A learning disability is not curable or easily repaired; it is a lifelong challenge. Children with learning disabilities, on the other hand, can achieve success in school, at work in the future, in relationships, and in the community with the right support and intervention. Therefore, it’s really important for parents to know how to parent their kids with learning disabilities to ensure a healthy environment:
1. Be aware that their brain learns in a different way.

2. Do your research on new developments in learning disability programs & techniques.

3. Enlist teachers and therapists to share some academic responsibilities.

4. Join a support group to help you learn about parenting a child with learning difficulties.

5. Emphasize healthy lifestyle habits to improve their focus.

6. Focus your energy on learning what works for your child.

7. Praise your child often when they do well or succeed at a task.

8. Focus on your child’s strengths and on how to use them.

9. Help them plan for the future by encouraging them to consider their interests.

10. Remember that kids who learn differently can thrive with the right support!

Products to improve child’s skills

TalkTools Chewy Tubes 4-pack

Chewy Tubes are an innovative oral-motor device designed to provide a resilient, non-food, chewable surface for practicing biting and chewing skills, and as an aid to inhibit teeth grinding. It is not intended for jaw exercise; rather, it can be offered as an alternative to negative oral habits. The Green Knobby tube provides additional sensory input for those who require a little more tactile stimulation

Stack and Play Animals

Lions and Tigers and bears, oh my…that all stack together to form amazing three dimensional structures, what can you design? Possibly the perfect preschool toys, these are beloved classic playthings designed to delight, engage, educate and entertain. Designed with just the right amount of added whimsey for long term delightful play. Sit down, unplug and let your imagination soar. 9 interlocking wooden animals can be connected in many different ways to create incredible shapes in 3D.

Pineapple-Shaped Snapperz Fidget

Grip it and squeeze for a satisfying snap! Snapperz is the fidget that fits perfectly in your palm. Make successive “pops” with each measured squeeze. Will you master the perfect pop?

Giant Brain Stress Ball

Wow! What a relief! Just squeeze and knead this giant stress ball to experience true tranquillity. Filled with red fluffy foam, this realistically sized brain will soothe your most stressful moments and help you relax.

Weighted Blanket-Single

Have trouble settling down to sleep? Weighted blankets stimulate touch receptors, helping your body to relax. The extra pressure and weight create a calm, secure feeling — just like a soothing hug. Wear like a cape or fold in your lap to promote relaxation and sensory organization during the day. Use during rest time, car trips, homework or any time calm is needed. Breathable fabric with evenly distributed weight prevents bunching. Use with adult supervision.

Resources

HelpGuide. “Helping Children with Learning Disabilities”. Accessed on October 27, 2021.

Healthy Children Org. “Learning Disabilities & Differences: What Parents Need To Know”. Accessed on October 27, 2021.

Washington University Medicine. “11 Things Parents Can Do to Help Their Kids with Learning Disabilities”. Accessed on October 27, 2021.

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