Learning disabilities. What is the role of parents?
Now that schools have started and children have returned to their student environment, many parents are really concerned about learning disabilities. If it is the first time you ever encounter this issue, you may be wondering about what you could possibly do to support your children. Parents play a significant role in their children’s learning process and, therefore, proper information is essential. But let’s start from the beginning.
What are learning difficulties?
Learning disabilities mainly refer to difficulties in reading or writing, information processing, short-term memory, organizational skills, but also in the automation of skills that have already been acquired. It is remarkable that learning disabilities are not due to some form of mental retardation, chronic illness or mental disorders, so there is no reason to worry about.
The role of parents and school
The role of parents, both in the learning and in the emotional support of children, is valuable and particularly important. Children need constant support and encouragement in order not to feel frustrated or disappointed by their potential inability to respond quickly and accurately to school/learning requirements. Equally important is school-family collaboration. The contact with the class teacher and the children’s trust in their parents are valuable supplies for their full support.
Parents should exert a positive influence on their children, rewarding them for their potentials, avoiding overemphasis on any weaknesses. This attitude will strengthen their self-confidence and their willingness to try, improve and evolve. More specifically, parents can help by pushing them to read extracurricular books. In addition, it is very important for children with learning disabilities to participate in extracurricular activities, and at the same time, be encouraged by their parents. Help your children discover their inclinations and talents. Don’t worry too much about their school performance and don’t constantly demand high grades. The main goal is their support and development and not the “hunt” for grades. Give to your children alternative ways to express and develop their creativity.
Teacher’s role is also very important. The emotional and learning support to children with learning disabilities is not only useful and beneficial, but also necessary. The teacher must provide a healthy and appropriately adapted learning environment. A way of teaching that is harmonized with the needs of the students as well as the use of appropriate teaching techniques and methods, with the parallel use of supervisory tools, are highly demanded. Finally, the positive attitude of the teacher, the encouragement, but also the cooperation with the parents, the school principal and the school institutions are imperative actions that will ensure the smooth participation of children with learning difficulties in the educational process.
Hear your children and stand by them. Contact their school and cooperate with teachers to get the most out of their development. If necessary, consult a specialist and accept his guidance. Your help and support are crucial for the progress of children and their emotional development!