Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, & Dyscalculia: How Parents & Schools Can Help Kids
Learning disabilities such as dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyslexia are not always easy to recognize. These common learning disabilities cannot be cured, but they can be effectively managed. If your child has been diagnosed with one of these types of learning disabilities, you can take action to help him or her succeed in school.
Dyscalculia affects the brain’s ability to make arithmetical calculations. As a result, children with this condition can struggle with making sense of numbers and may fall behind in math classes. The following steps can be used to help students with dyscalculia:
- Allow students to use calculators whenever possible.
- Provide extra time on quizzes and tests.
- Frequently check coursework or homework to help the student work through problems.
Dysgraphia is similar to dyscalculia, except it impacts writing capabilities. Children with this learning disability are unable to write coherently or legibly. Parents and educators alike can help by following these strategies:
- Allow students to type as often as possible in the classroom and on homework assignments.
- Invest in pencil and pen grips and other helpful tools that can help children write more steadily.
- Do not force children with dysgraphia to take handwritten notes. Instead, offer print-outs or other alternatives.
Children diagnosed with dyslexia primarily have difficulty reading but may also struggle with written and spoken language. Dyslexia symptoms include delayed speech and reading below grade-level. Teachers and parents can help reduce the symptoms of dyslexia in children by utilizing the following techniques:
- Provide and explain learning materials, lesson plans and summaries in-advance.
- Offer audio to complement reading whenever possible.
- Take advantage of sticky notes and other organizational materials.
If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability or if you suspect that he or she may have one, get in touch with us today! You can also visit our health resources for more helpful tips and children’s health topics.