teens with learning disabilities

Helping Teens With Learning Disabilities Succeed

Helping Teens With Learning Disabilities Succeed

teens with learning disabilities

For parents of teens with learning disabilities, one of the hardest times can be at their children’s high school graduation. While it is a time for immense pride that your son or daughter has managed to overcome their learning disability and make it to graduation, it is also a time many parents worry about the future. For parents of children who struggle with such disabilities as dyslexia or related problems such as ADHD these are times filled with challenge. But you can help your teens with learning disabilities to see themselves as winners.

Raise Teens With Learning Disabilities To Be Independent

One of the most important things to be aware of is that your teen has the same need for independence as other children. It may be hard but stepping back to give them the chance to learn on their own is important at this stage. Lissa True, whose 18 year old son Anthony has severe dyslexia comments, ” “As a parent, we have to have the wisdom to be able to step back and give that to them, while still just gently guiding them into the things that they need to do.” It can be hard but in the end very rewarding to see the results.

Helping When They Turn It Down

For many teens this is a time when the last thing they want is to be different. When you add to this the fact that many learning disabilities show up in kids in their teens, high school years can be difficult for them. They may not want to attend special education classes or work with that special education teacher you worked so hard to bring to his or her school. At times like this it can be helpful to have a website such as Understood to give you the tools to help your teen with learning disabilities to cope.

Life After High School

Whether your child is going on to college or taking courses in a trade school, they will need your support. But it is also important to realize that as they leave high school you simply won’t be able to speak out for them. Teaching teens with learning disabilities to speak up and have a voice is an important step after they leave high school. If they can advocate for the extra help they need, no matter what the environment they are in, they will succeed. In the long run, helping your kids to speak up, be independent and turn to you for help when they need it is all you can teach any child. Learning disabilities simply make these skills more important, and they can be taught.

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