Talking About Learning Disabilities
Share information about your child’s LD with:
- The larger family circle.
- Friends of your family.
- Your child’s friends.
Sharing information helps to build a larger network of support for your child while replacing harmful labels (dumb, lazy, inattentive) with terms that describe talents and help to build self-esteem (learns differently, hard worker, creative thinker).
- Keep information simple.
- Avoid using educational jargon.
- Identify positive ways they can support you and your child and reduce feelings of isolation.
- Reinforce strengths, and find strategies for challenges
How to talk with a person who is responding negatively to my child
When someone responds inappropriately to your child’s behavior:
- Don’t ignore it!
- Interrupt by saying there is more to this than is evident and suggest another time to talk.
- When you talk later, share information on your child’s learning disability and provide ideas on how they can help.
- Also talk with your child about ways to respond to another person’s inappropriate words.
Parent Network of WNY
1021 Broadway Street
Buffalo, NY 14212
Family Support Lines:
English – 716-332-4170
Espanol – 716-449-6394