Being a parent to a child with a learning disability can take its toll even on the best of parents. But the good news is, there are many ways to cope, and in this day and age, a multitude of resources. While learning disabilities can be difficult to manage, they are not insurmountable. Keep in mind that the goal is to help your child to help themselves. The way that a parent responds to challenges will greatly impact the child, so keep a positive attitude. Stay up-to-date on current programs, therapies, and educational techniques. Your child may need you to be an advocate for them from time to time. And, last but not least, take care of yourself too.
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Keeping your child’s learning disability in perspective can make the process much easier. Remind yourself that you’re not alone in this struggle. As a parent, it is your responsibility to raise your child with the ability to overcome these challenges without becoming hopeless. And the good news is, it is something you can work with your child on to reach their goals.
While you look for ways to help your child overcome learning disabilities, keep in mind that kids are best helped when you teach them how to help themselves. As much as every parent wishes they could fix everything in their kids’ lives, you have to instead equip them to be able to socially and emotionally work through their struggles. Over the long haul, being able to conquer difficulties, such as learning disabilities, will enable your child to grow stronger.
Kids, in general, thrive better when positively encouraged, and it’s no different for those with learning disabilities. If your child can sense your hopelessness, they may begin to feel hopeless themselves. So it’s important to positively encourage your child, which will help them want to do their best versus feeling inadequate.
No one knows your child like you. While it is important to seek professional help, no program or therapist can know your child better than you do. So doing your own research as well to see what tools and resources you think would best help. And it can also make meetings with professionals run smoother if you already have a grasp on the topic.
When your child is young, you may need to advocate for them. From time to time, they may need special attention, such as in school, and they may need you to speak up for them, while you teach them to do that for themselves as well. While it can be frustrating at times, it is also important to remain calm when advocating.
One of the hardest parts of parenting sometimes is remembering to care for yourself as well. You can’t help your child if you are neglecting your own needs as well. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. So make sure that you get the self-care that you need to be fully present for your child.
Remember, keep your child’s learning disability in perspective, teach them to help themselves, have a positive attitude, do research, be ready to advocate, and fill your own cup as well.