Kids with learning disabilities and ADHD are smart, creative, resourceful, and have great strengths, yet too often they become classroom casualties. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities’ mission is to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD. Their aim is to help parents realize their children’s significant gifts and talents, and to show that with their love, guidance, and the right support, their children can live happy and productive lives.
- Difficulty following verbal instructions
- Need instructions to be repeated
- Slow to process information
- Easily overloaded with auditory information
- Difficulty sustaining attention for learning tasks
- A tendency to daydream
- Easily distracted
- Academic difficulties
These symptoms could indicate that they have one or more of the conditions known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), auditory processing disorder (APD), or specific language impairment (SLI).
- Learn best by seeing or reading
- Do well when material is presented and tested visually, not verbally
- Benefit from written notes, directions, diagrams, charts, maps, and pictures
- May love to draw, read, and write; are probably a good speller
- Is your child an auditory learner?
- If your child is an auditory learner, they:
- Do well in lecture-based learning environments and on oral reports and tests
- Benefit from classroom discussions, spoken directions, study groups
- May love music, languages, and being on stage
- If your child is a kinesthetic learner, they:
- Learn best by doing and moving
- Do well when they can move, touch, explore, and create in order to learn
- Benefit from hands-on activities, lab classes, props, skits, and field trips
- May love sports, drama, dance, martial arts, and arts and crafts
Do your own research and keep abreast of new developments in learning disability programs, therapies, and educational techniques. You may be tempted to look to others—teachers, therapists, doctors—for solutions, especially at first. But you’re the foremost expert on your kid, so take charge when it comes to finding the tools they need in order to learn.
You may have to speak up time and time again to get special help for your kid. Embrace your role as a proactive parent and work on your communication skills. It may be frustrating at times, but by remaining calm and reasonable, yet firm, you can make a huge difference for your kid.
Your child will follow your lead. If you approach learning challenges with optimism, hard work, and a sense of humor, your child is likely to embrace your perspective—or at least see the challenges as a speed bump, rather than a roadblock. Focus your energy on learning what works for your child and implementing it the best you can.