As a parent helping high school students with learning disabilities can be a very trying journey. You may hit many dead-ends and feel like nothing is working or helping your teen the way that they need help. Just because a teen has a learning disability does not mean they are incapable of learning—they just need a little extra help. What helps one teen learn best may not be of any help to another. Teens with learning disabilities may experience the following challenges:
- Struggling in school
- Reading is harder than it should be
- Trouble focusing on completing an assignment thoroughly
- Teen writes slow and it is a difficult process for them
- Excessive spelling and other errors when writing
- Hard for teen to keep notebooks and papers organized
- Teen often ends up losing or forgetting assignments or papers
If you recognize your teen is struggling it is important that you confront the situation immediately. As a parent, we know you want your child to thrive and get the most out of their education. Rest assured knowing there are ways in which you can help high school students with learning disabilities to be successful.
Two for You: Ways to Get your Teen Help
A learning disability should not limit a teen. Most of the time, they are able to participate in sports and other activities just like their classmates. Some ways in which one may go about helping high school students with learning disabilities includes the following:
- Take advantage of tutoring. Tutoring services are a great way to get your teen one-on-one time and allow them to work directly on things they may struggle with. Concepts that they may not understand can be better broken down by a tutor and your teen can get extra practice. If you do not know where to seek out tutoring services, seek out your teen’s teachers or school officials, they will be able to help point you in the right direction.
- Seek out a specialist. You should prioritize contact with your teen’s specialist. This can include the following types of specialists:
- Clinical psychologists
- School psychologists
- Child psychiatrists
- Educational psychologists
- Developmental psychologists
- Occupational therapist (tests sensory disorders that can lead to learning problems)
- Speech and language therapist
A specialist can help your family develop the best fit plan to help your high-schooler be successful. High school can bring about new challenges for adolescents and coming up with a plan to work through these developmental changes is important.
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Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life. He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.
Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.
Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.