Do you have a child with a Learning disability and worry about some things?

Question by doulasc: Do you have a child with a Learning disability and worry about some things?
Are you concerned about whether he/she will be able to
graduate from High school? Do you worry about whether
he/she will be able to go to college.
Do you feel the school is doing a good job of helping
your child?

Best answer:

Answer by LaDonna
No but i feel for the parents who have to worry with those problems. It isnt the childs fault and the child shouldn’t be treated no different than a normal child or better!

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11 thoughts on “Do you have a child with a Learning disability and worry about some things?”

  1. I have 2 stepson both with learning disabilities and they both attend a public school with limited special ed resources, so I feel that they are being pushed through school and will be given a diploma that will be as useless as the paper it will be printed on. I don’t see them going on to college, I feel the school is not doing enough for either one of them.

  2. I am answering this question, because I feel like I can help!

    My dad had a learning disability. Back in the 50’s the nuns at his catholic schools used to beat him because he couldn’t read… he was dyslexic. but that never stopped him.

    I can’t say that he overcame his disability, because he didn’t. However, he was and still is brilliant! He studied what he did understand. Math wasn’t a problem for him because it was logical… just because you can’t read doesn’t mean you can’t think.

    And I will leave you with this parting thought… When my dad was in High School, the counselor told him that he’d be lucky to be a garbage man. My dad is not extraordinary, it’s no special story… but he worked hard, and made a great living, and raised me. I grew up in an upper middle class suburb. Learning disabilities are only challenges to determining how one can succeed, but they can and do. Just find it.

  3. Thanks to No Child Left Behind my 9 year old fourth grader has a reading level of late first early second grade. Math skills that are about second grade. The schools will not allow me to hold her back, they say it would be to hard on her socially. last year she had D’s and F’s and she still passed!!!!!! Thanks to a GREAT daycare provider she has a chance of cathing up a bit!
    Yes I worry about graduation and college My littlegirl is smart she just learns differently.

  4. My son was diagnosed with a learning disability in the area of written expression and reading when he was in first grade. He is now in fifth grade, he is goes to resource room only for “study skills” and this year is the first year that he is reading on grade level. I have few academic worries, I’m worried about his lack of common sense but that’s another story.

    I think together the school and I have done great things with his progress. I think if my son wants to go to college he will be fine. Right now, I worry about (and check) homework getting done, reading log being taken care of, sport practice or games… to much right now to enjoy in him besides pressuring him about college.

    For the parents who feel the school isn’t helping their child then maybe you need to go to the special education director of your school system and ask for materials. Do research into learning programs that you think will benefit your child and ask for the materials. I work in a “child first” school district. Parents ask for programs, and we discuss them at team meetings and purchase them. Parents and I are currently asking for their child’s reading level books in our middle school library. ( i have first and second grade reading levels in my classroom) We are making progress.
    Also, parents make sure you are doing everything you can for your child, taking advantage of every program out there that’s available. Our school has open-free tutoring three nights a week for any child who wants it. Many of our teachers stay after school to work with students, (no extra charge) churches often have tutoring available, the library may have programs available. If you don’t know of any programs ask around. Schools only get your child 6 hours a day.

  5. Yes, I do. I am concerned about the high school issue. I hope he will be admitted in the first place, let alone graduate. Obviously college/university is another step beyond that. I don’t think that his school is helping him as much as they should. His learning disability isn’t really that extreme; he has improved a huge amount since last year. However, he keeps getting report cards that talk about there being little improvement in certain areas, but he hasn’t brought home any homework for at least 6 months and the majority of his school days are taken up by watching movies. The children in his class are also bribed with ice-blocks and ice-creams so that they behave. As my son is very well-behaved and a very nice little boy, he is always being given these treats which I believe, is not a decision a teacher should have the power to make! Children with learning disabilities are often affected by the flavours, additives, preservatices, chemicals and colours that can be found in these products. Of course, there has been no correspondence with the parents as to whether this is an acceptable practice or not. I think government funding is certainly an issue but like I said to my partner today, you’re either a good teacher or you’re not. If you are concerned about your child’s schooling at the moment, please be vocal and forthright about your opinions and wishes – you are the parent and there is nothing more important than that.

  6. i teach children with learning disability and often face these questions not only from parents but also from the children.
    my answer is that if we can help them believe in themselves and support them through school we can get them to pass the 10th and then when they go into a group they like they will be motivated to do better. once they move into college they will be doing things they like and generally do it well.
    set them goals only 5 marks ahead of their own achievements, they will feel it is within reach.

  7. I am deaf and I have a learning disability. I graduated from high school with honors so I didn’t have any problems. I had a great set of parents who helped me, along with friends too. I think that if a child surrounds them with loving people who actually care about you then they would do well in life. I am an example of that.

  8. I can safely say that as long at a kid with any disability has one person to belive in them and push them then they will go fare in life. Me , I’m 16 and a junoir in hight school , I have A leaning disabliity , ADD , and dislexie and I have been in all main streem classes ,with out add for over two years now and doing great.

  9. the true way to help any kid is to spend time with this child and forget about all the pressure,the survival guide for parents of gifted kids by sally yahnke walker,1991~ will give a framework of cross sections in what is a players view of how the governments money is broken down where and who and the numbers for doing things is really humble compared to the amount of true understanding there is for wanting to help but no funds ever really had the chance to go from a start to finish for any child yet.’
    off handed i think it was 63% were normal 14% above normal and the rest believe it or not fell into a similar grouping of super kids strange kids and underfed kids, emotional disturbed, yadda yadda, so the book breaks down things for smart people, but it all so honestly views the faults for all education, just as much as it does for any single group it also labels hows labels are given and to whom and why:this is critical for understanding changing attitudes in hidden agendas

  10. There are so many degrees of LD- mild to severe. It depends on many things. Motivation, parental involvement and advocating for the student and sometimes shopping for a program which better fits the student’s needs. Two out of three of my LD kids jumped from school to school until 6th grade because I just couldn’t leave them with people who were suppose to be doing their job and weren’t. (A SpEd teacher myself, I couldn’t wait until they wised up) Ya get tired of re-training teachers every year! I still spend a lot of time helping my son, JR in HS get organized and stay on task. I can’t let him play in the summer so we spend time taking classes and I have spent thousands on tutoring. My oldest is in her 6th year of college and it has been very hard for her but she is persistent.
    I have a student now who is so severely dyslexic I doubt he will go to college but wow! He will be the best employee ever- neat, thorough, precise, careful, punctual and honest.
    All I can say is find your child’s strengths and build on them. Feed his/her passion.

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