Helping a learning disabled child with homework can be frustrating, both for the child and the parent. Children with learning disabilities have a different way of looking at things than other people, therefore they have a special way of learning. No two children with one particularly disability may always learn the same way, so it’s important to draw on your child’s strengths and work on building up her confidence.
Parents can easily help their children perform better in school simply by taking an interest. Ask about what subjects they’re learning in the classroom, what books they’re reading, what their favorite subject is, and keep the conversation positive. Inquire about their homework and offer to look it over, even if it’s just to show an interest. This helps kids take ownership of their learning.
Establish a homework and reading routine. Kids with learning disabilities need structure, so having a set time each time devoted to schoolwork will make things go more smoothly. Designate a certain room and space for homework and reading. Make sure there’s plenty of light and that it’s free from distractions like toys and noise. Allow them to work independently when they can, but make sure they know to come to you when they have a question or encounter a problem or concept they don’t understand. Help them stay organized by keeping their workspace and backpacks free of clutter and file their homework in special folders so they can keep track of it.
Put concepts in a real-life perspective. If you’re helping your child with fractions, take out four quarters so they can visual that 25 cents is 1/4 of a dollar. If they’re learning about a subject at school that can be experienced with a quick trip to a nearby museum or library, take them on weekends and show excitement at the learning experience.
Be a role model in everything you do.