Learning Disabilities Impact Parents Too!
Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities Struggle Just as Much as Children with Learning Disabilities Struggle in School.
They don’t struggle with school though. They struggle with not knowing where to begin to help this child they love so much.
Goals For Parents
The goal of a parent is to help the child learn just like everyone else. Children with Learning Disabilities are perfectly capable of doing so, but they need a bit more support. This support needs to come in the way of progress monitoring.
How Do I Know If My Child Is Reaching Their Goals?
We all have goals for our children.
Knowing how close they are to achieving them is what gives us the motivation to make it.
If when running a race, your goal is to maintain a 7 minute mile, then you had better know with every training session how fast you are running. Going from a 10 minute mile down to an 8 minute mile gives you the motivation to realize that goal of 7 minutes.
Get a Baseline by Keeping Track
In order to help children with Learning Disabilities, we have to know where they are before we can set goals and achieve them. A child who is struggling with sight words is capable of learning new words every day, and the only way to know for sure that it is happening is to keep track!
Imagine how motivating it may be to realize that your child is learning 2 new words a week on average…. and they need to learn 58 to be “grade level.”
Or, imagine watching that average words per week increase to 3!
Progress Monitoring is The Only Way to Know If Your Child Is Reaching Your Goals
Do away with that gut feeling that your child is learning, and actually KNOW that they are! Watch it happen and you will realize that children with Learning Disabilitiesare just as capable of learning as anyone else.
Start by knowing where they are, setting goals for where you want them to be and monitoring them along the way.