Learning disability is a common occurrence in any education system. The best part is that it is now widely recognized, accepted and more awareness is being created about the same. The main types of Learning disability relate to dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. Thus, the common features of learning disability in a child includes difficulty in reading, writing, math comprehension and also difficulty in following concepts. Languages can also pose a challenge.
A golden rule is – Do not label the child as ‘lazy’, ‘slow’, ‘dreamy’ or ‘sleepy-head’. These negative adjectives do more harm in the future.
LD is nothing about being frowned upon or having sparse feathers in a child’s cap. There is no stigma attached to it. It is now recognized in our educational system and several concessions are allotted to the candidate. The highlight must be about how a child can benefit and other talents be brought to the fore so that it will be conducive to the child’s mental health too.
We all individuate at one time or the other after the mainstream education. In case of children diagnosed with learning difficulty, there is a better chance to focus on abilities, remedy the grey areas and also build a formidable future. The focus must be on the areas that accentuates the ability of the child which can also progress into a career. It is to be remembered that parents are the primary care givers, thus the words of reassurance and acceptance helps the child to considerably make progress.
Ten tips for parents here:
- Acceptance is the first thing here. For the same, visit a counsellor who will guide you about the process, the benefits of a LD certificate and the concessions that your child will be eligible for.
- Encourage your child to understand the situation. Address all issues pertaining to peer pressure if any.
- Explore other creative skills that your child has e.g. dance, drawing, sports, origami or molding.
- Seek a counsellor near you to soothe his/her apprehensions.
- Progress however small, adds to empowerment. Make your child feel good about it.
- Do improve their self-esteem with praises and acceptance.
- Emotionally, be more attentive.
- Do not look at it as a shortcoming but as an opportunity to open new vistas for your child.
- During tests at the center, carry enough food, water and ensure the child that he/she is in safe hands. Pre-plan and manage travel as well as time i.e. leave from work or arrangements at home.
- Build the future for them today.