The classroom can be a challenging place for anyone, but especially for people with a disability. However, there are several things that can be done to help disabled people learn effectively to gain skills for a lifetime.
Parents play a definitive role in this process. As a parent, it is important to focus on presenting your child with mental and social ways to cope with their disability, rather than focusing on finding a cure or ignoring that the problem exists.
Encourage your child to discuss their disability openly with friends, family members and classmates. Children should not be made to feel that their disability keeps them segmented from their peers. Rather, they should be coached to adopt the attitude that everyone is presented with life challenges and must deal with them accordingly. Foster a feeling of empowerment that will help your child feel that they are adequately equipped to handle challenges on their own, or recruit help when necessary.
Discuss your child’s limitations with teachers and administrators. Stress to them the importance of your child being able to interact with their classmates as naturally as possible without feeling that their disability is holding them back.
If it becomes apparent that your child will need special accommodations to help them learn at the same level as their peers, be forthcoming with the request as soon as possible to avoid delays. You will find that you are your child’s own best advocate. Additionally, you have the benefit of first-hand experience with helping them manage their disability effectively. Although your child’s educators may not have the same experience with the challenges of learning with a disability, they should feel obliged to take your own observations into account.
Finally, attempt to adopt the attitude that your child does not have to feel limited by their classroom, either in the classroom or in life. Great things can be accomplished with the help of a support system.