Learning disabilities are characterized as functions or behaviors that prevent individuals from learning in a typical way. Difficulty learning skills that typically developing peers have mastered or the inability to meet developmental milestones may indicate a child has a learning disability.
When interacting with a child with a learning disability it’s important to:
- Be patient- Punishing a child with a learning disability or losing your patience won’t make the learning occur faster. Instead of getting frustrated when something is difficult for the child, refocus on positive interactions and aim to be more patient with the learning process.
- Get creative- Children with learning disabilities think and learn differently from many others. You can put these differences to good use by becoming creative with how you approach certain tasks. Instead of expecting a child to adapt to the task consider adapting the task to the child.
- Celebrate accomplishments- Even though children with learning disabilities may learn differently than their peers there is still plenty to be excited about. Celebrating growth and persistence should go hand in hand with honoring achievements.
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