Having a child who has been diagnosed with a learning disability can be a frustrating experience for parents as they try to support their children. There is a lot of conflicting information for parents to weed through as they look for ways to encourage their children to be successful both in school and in life. Kids in the House interviewed psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell and clinical psychologist Karen Schiltz, both specialists in helping children with learning disabilities, to find effective strategies for both parents and kids.
Dr. Hallowell finds that one of the most difficult steps in working with a child with a learning disability is explaining their diagnosis to them. It is important to use language that the child can understand. For example, when explaining ADHD, Dr. Hallowell tells the child that they have a great brain, a “Ferrari engine for a brain,” but that they have “bicycle brakes” which makes it difficult for them to stop. This type of description often leaves a child feeling more optimistic.
The bedrock of Dr. Schiltz’s method in working with children with learning challenges is helping them and their parents see beyond the label of a learning disability. By emphasizing a child’s strengths and building on the confidence that follows, you can create a pattern of success. This allows children to see their disability as an alternative route instead of a roadblock.
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Kids in the House is the world’s largest parenting video library with over 8,000 videos from 450 experts, including physicians, psychologists, researchers, educators, best-selling authors, and other celebrated voices in our culture. This website contains videos that feature parenting tips from parents who have dealt with particular issues and can share their hard-earned wisdom.
Kids in the House is a place where parents have the opportunity to hear and share different perspectives and get solutions for parenting challenges that range from pregnancy to getting into college. The videos aim to help parents and caregivers become better at parenting by educating, inspiring, and entertaining. The videos are split into the following categories: All Parents, Pregnancy, Adoption, Baby, Toddler, Preschool, Elementary, Teen, and Special Needs.
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