Obvious statement alert! Not all learning difficulties are created equal. Of course, you know this already.
If you’re a parent of a child with learning differences, then you already know that the word “differences” doesn’t even describe the half of it.
Your child with learning differences is quite unique, quite different than other children with learning differences.
One child may have trouble with reading, spelling, and math, while your child reads exceptionally well, but can’t seem to remember homework assignments no matter how many organizational hacks and strategies you try.
Naturally, then, a one-size-fits all approach to learning intervention doesn’t make sense here. All too often, that is exactly the approach that schools provide.
Trouble reading? We have this ONE reading program for you (and for everyone else who struggles with reading).
After all, we spent so much time and money training our specialists on this ONE reading program. It’s going to work. It has to. If it doesn’t, well, it must be your child’s fault, not ours.
Trouble with math? We’ll just keep repeating the same math drills until something eventually starts to click.
In my humble opinion, this is madness.
Do you agree?
Tailored Learning Solutions
If you have a unique learner, then you certainly want to find intervention that fits your child’s unique learning needs. Not sort of fits. Not fits a little here but not there. One that fits in a way that frees your child from feeling like a failure, feeling like her brain must be broken, feeling like there’s something wrong with her.
Intervention that fits leads your child to truly succeed at learning, not simply cope with the struggle.
How do you find the perfect combination of EFFECTIVE strategies that fit?
I always recommend quality educational therapy for parents of struggling learners. If you can afford it for the long term, and if you can find someone in your area with plenty of experience working with children as unique as yours, then I would love to see you skip the battle with the schools entirely.
Save yourself the stress and heartache, and all of that wasted time wishing things were different. Sure, we think the schools really SHOULD offer EFFECTIVE intervention for every child who needs it.
Wishing it were so doesn’t actually make it so. Too many students (and parents) continue to suffer because of this. Let’s decide right now not to gamble with your child’s future that way.
If you happen to be a classroom teacher reading this, please understand that I mean no disrespect. Most teachers work harder than anyone in order to reach EVERY student. Many schools, though, aren’t equipped to properly support every unique learner out there.
If educational therapy is not available or is cost prohibitive, what can parents do instead?
I’m so glad you asked! Watch the free training, Looking at Learning Differences Differently. It offers you a crash course in learning differences, plus explains why your learner may still struggle despite your best efforts. From that place of better understanding, you can decide your next best steps.