Parenting children with learning disabilities can be daunting. So much of a child’s self-esteem is wrapped up in school – what kind of grades he gets and how he relates to his peers. And when school isn’t going well, no matter how hard your child works, his stress and frustration can make him feel like a failure.
To help your child see that there is more to life than school and grade points, direct him toward activities that he can excel at and help him see himself as a success. Since no one knows your child as well as you do, you know is strengths and weaknesses and understand his interests, us this information to help him choose activities. This may mean he will not be doing what everyone else in the neighborhood is doing but the point is that he is not like everyone else in the neighborhood.
When looking for activities your child can excel at, make sure they are right for his age, abilities and maturity level. It is important to keep in mind his comfort zone, whether that be with kids older or younger than he is.
- Find clubs, sports, arts and music opportunities outside of school
- Join forces with group leaders, explaining your child’s learning disabilities so that the leader can be more effective with your child
- Check whether a group is based on interest or aptitude. If it is based on an ability your child doesn’t yet have, it could spell disaster for his feelings of success and enjoyment.
- Explore whether the activities matches your child’s energy level. A slow-paced class could be frustrating for an active child.
Children can find success with regular chores which can give them a sense of responsibility and the knowledge that they are contributing members of their family.