How to Help a Child with a Learning Disability

Tips for parents of children with learning disabilities and some professionals you can turn to for help.

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When you discover that your child has a learning disability, it can be shocking and intimidating. It's important to gain and keep a clear perspective. The more involved you are with your child's education, the less of a struggle it will be for him and the less a source of anxiety it will be for you.

Help begins at home

You are your child's best teacher. No one has the same influence on his habits and attitudes as you do. Give your child a reason to engage in the struggle with his learning disability by showing him that reading is worthwhile and fun. Be sure to read to him every day so hell develop positive associations with stories and books. Point out letters and word to him on street signs, at the store, in letters and magazines. If words are part of his life, he'll be more comfortable with them. Set a good example by letting him see you read for your own enjoyment every day.

You're not alone

There are lots of other people facing the same difficulties you and your child face. Find them and make contact. You will meet many like-minded people who can share their stories and point you in positive directions in your hunt for resources and advice. Your child will meet others who struggle as he does.

Helpful Professionals


Measures possible hearing impairment and provides services for auditory training. Can offer advice on hearing aids.

Educational Consultant

Provides educational evaluations and advice on special education issues.

Educational Therapist

Develops academic programs for learning and behavior problems.

Learning Disabilities Specialist

Provides educational services to students with specific learning disabilities and their teachers.


Can check possible damage to brain functions and cognitive ability.

Occupational Therapist

Works with motor and sensory functions to increase the facility to perform daily tasks.


Trained in overall growth and development of children from infancy through adolescence.


Diagnoses and treats behavioral and emotional problems.


Assesses and treats mental and emotional health.

School/Educational Psychologist

Can administer and interpret psychological and educational tests; assist with behavior management; provide counseling and consultation for parents about educational issues.

Speech and Language Therapist

Will help your children with language and speech difficulties.

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Huntington Learning

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Kaplan Kids

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In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

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Tutor Doctor

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  • One on one attention by the tutor
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  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
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