List of Resources for Parents to Deal with Children Having Learning Disabilities
This post is about a list of resources and online sites which offer useful information about children with learning disabilities. Parents can book mark these sites so that in early stages you can figure out what kind of learning disability your child has and how to deal with it? School teachers can get help from these resources as they also need to check if any of the student is facing learning disability!
Facts about learning disabilities:
- Fifteen percent of the U.S. population, or one in seven Americans, has some type of learning disability, according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Difficulty with basic reading and language skills are the most common learning disabilities. As many as 80% of students with learning disabilities have reading problems.
- Learning disabilities often run in families.
- Learning disabilities should not be confused with other disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, deafness, blindness, and behavioral disorders.
A learning disability can't be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong issue. With the right support and intervention, however, children with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to successful, often distinguished careers later in life. Parents can help children with learning disabilities achieve such success by encouraging their strengths, knowing their weaknesses, understanding the educational system, working with professionals and learning about strategies for dealing with specific difficulties.
Common learning disabilities:
Dyslexia – a language-based disability in which a person has trouble understanding written words. It may also be referred to as reading disability or reading disorder.
Dyscalculia – a mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.
Dysgraphia – a writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.
Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders – sensory disabilities in which a person has difficulty understanding language despite normal hearing and vision.
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities – a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative and holistic processing functions.
List of online resources:
* 'Learning Disabilities.org' is world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD.
* 'What parents can do?' offers fun to learn activities, which can help in children with learning difficulties:
* 'Our kids.org' is a "Family" of parents, caregivers and others who are working with children with physical and/or mental disabilities and delays. The Our-Kids list consist of over 700 people representing children of varying diagnosis; everything from indefinite developmental delays and sensory integration problems, to cerebral palsy, to rare genetic disorders.
* 'Internet special education resources' is a directory of professionals, organizations, and schools that serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. They help parents find local special education professionals for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, critical teen issues, and other special needs.
* 'DYS talk' is an information-sharing social created to "help your child learn better." It's for parents of children who are looking for information on how to optimise their child's learning. 'dysTalk' provides information on specific learning difficulties that may be undermining a child's performance as well as learning strategies that can potentially be applied to all children of all abilities.
-'Useful links' from DYS talk worth to check.
* 'Happy dyslexic' helps dyslexics achieve their potential and be happy. We can contribute to this by bringing more understanding and a positive view on dyslexia, and ways on how to overcome the disadvantages of dyslexia.