Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking experiences for any parent is to find out that his or her child has a learning disability. In these situations, a flurry of thoughts begins to run through a parent’s mind. How will my child learn? Will my child be able to cope with school? What will happen to my child if I die? Many parents start to think this way because it is something that will remain with their child until death. The trauma associated with this realization can often times be as harrowing as a death in the family.
However, experts who lecture child development should not dread the inevitable. Rather, experts advise that it would be in the best interest of the child for parents to embrace this fact in order to move on. To move forward by finding ways to help their children cope and if possible, overcome the disability.
The following tips are taken from child development courses lectured by professionals. These guidelines aim to provide parents with some ideas on how to best cope with their child’s learning disability.
- Remain calm and realistic. Keep in mind that obstacles are a fact of life. This would be an ideal opportunity to teach children the proper way to deal with obstacles. Rather than to be disheartened or weighed down, it is best to keep one’s cool and strong while providing a child with all the support he or she needs. It does not benefit a child who is already diagnosed with a learning disability to have a hysterical parent as well.
- Study, study. Parents can sign up for courses online that are provided by reputable distance education providers. These programs provide a basic understanding of the range of disorders that commonly afflict children. Caregivers and teachers can also benefit from these courses.
- Be hands-on. Now is not the time to wallow in self-pity. Take charge of the situation. Speak out and get help if necessary. Keep in mind that resources like child behavior courses are readily available to provide assistance.
- Be a positive example by encouraging learning. A parent should be the first to show their child that learning can be a fun experience despite having a disability. This change of perspective demonstrates to a child that his or her disability may be overcome by hard work and perseverance.
- Keep learning fun. Remember to inject a sense of humor from time to time. The touch of comedy can help relieve some of the frustration associated with learning, as suggested by early childhood development.