Four ways parents can support a child with learning disabilities

1. Learn as much as possible about your child’s disability

The term “learning disabilities” describes a variety of disorders that affect how a person processes and retains new information, so the first thing you can do as a parent is to learn as much as possible about your child’s specific disorder.

Experienced Early Childhood Specialist, Teacher and Director of Powerful Parenting Australia, Davina Sharry, says parents can benefit from conducting their own online search to learn as much as they can about their child’s reading, learning or behavioural disability.

“Of course, in Australia we have the big national and international websites, but I believe the power lies in local organisations,” she says. “If parents become familiar with local organisations online or in person, they can participate in workshops, information sessions and support groups.”

If you’re not sure where to begin, Sharry suggests signing up to relevant websites to receive newsletters and joining local groups and parent groups, which can be a wealth of knowledge and also connect you to further community services and help.

A young child reads a children's book at home.

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