Learning Disabilities Awareness Month: How to Support
October is finally here! The weather is getting colder, pumpkin spice is in the air and it’s Learning Disabilities Awareness Month! At this time of the year we recognize individuals with learning disabilities and the educators who work hard alongside them. Below we have provided ways in which you can support those with dyslexia, ADHD and other disabilities.
As a Parent
For parents, it’s important to realize that children with learning disabilities aren’t “underachievers” or unintelligent. As a matter of fact, people with learning disabilities are usually of average or above average intelligence. Learning disabilities are often discovered because an individual has trouble displaying the level of skill expected of them. Through all your child’s struggles and successes, be sure to offer help, understanding and support.
As an Educator
Educators should take a moment to appreciate their special education peers that have dedicated their lives to the success of learning disabled students. This month can also be used as an opportunity for teachers to bring attention to the facts about learning disabilities. Only by presenting the facts and encouraging awareness can understanding be achieved.
Why Your Support Matters
It has been estimated that 1 in 5 kids are afflicted with brain-based learning issues. That is a large number of children who will face times of frustration, doubt and discouragement in their academic careers. Learning disabled children who do not have a proper support system are more likely to fail, drop out, be bullied or suspended. It is our jobs as friends, parents, and educators to lift them up and give them the support they need to reach their potential.