No matter how well you know your child, hearing the words “Your child has learning disability” can be one of the most emotionally crumbling moments for a parent. It almost feels like being hit by a train !
The problem with most parents is that there is so much information and so many services, that one can easily feel overwhelmed and confused. So here are the some of the initial steps to take when your child gets diagnosed with Learning Disability.
Often when a child is brought for psychological assessments, the parents are suggested to visit certainspecialists. However, many don’t understand the need for it and find it inconvenient. What they don’t know is that taking their child to these specialist can help the psychologist make a better diagnosis. How you may ask? They simply help rule the problems of low/problematic vision and problematic hearing. Since the psychologist is assured that there are no vision and hearing problems with the child, they can then make a diagnosis with greater efficiency.
In today’s day and age of the internet, any information is a click away. When browsing the internet, always check the genuineness of the source for reliable information.
Ask your psychologist to provide you with some reference material and also suggest some good books to read. Of course, you will not become an expert over night but everyday reading will keep you updated and help you choose an appropriate plan for selecting services.
With the onset of Inclusive education, schools are becoming more and more aware of various childhood disorders. Hand them a copy of your child’s psychological assessment and discuss with them the services you have selected for your child. This would help them in making appropriate changes for your child at the school level in terms of modifying their question papers, giving them extra time during exams, preparing separate teaching learning material for them or even give them extra classes.
Learning begins from home and how true is that ! It is so important for you to monitor and perform tasks asked by your child’s remedial educator. Unless the same changes are made for the child is every environment they spend time in, results can be delayed or may never be achieved.
Just like you never miss the school PTA meeting, attend your child’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meetings too. They are approximately held at least once a month and tell you so much about what is being planned for child. IEP meetings are a great way to also communicate your expectations with the remedial educator and get to know what future goals are being planned for your child.
Though instant results are gratifying, do not expect the same from remedial education. Trust the time frame being given to you by your child psychologist and make sure that you child never misses their sessions. The extra effort is so worth it in the long term ! Be patient & consistent and find support in other parents with the same problem to keep you motivated.