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Learning Disabilities Articles for Help with Kids by Susan Kramer


1. What Is Dysgraphia?
2. Dyslexia Information and Help
3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Symptoms
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained
5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Managing Anger
6. What Is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  - CDD?
Hyperlexia Information
8. Asperger's Disorder Information
9. TSC and Learning Disabilities
Living Harmoniously with Learning Disabilities
11. Cooperation and Learning Disabilities
12. Overcoming Stress
13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids
14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends
15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?
16. Making Transitions and Learning Disabilities
17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions
18. Back to School Dress When Challenged
19. Showing Courage and Learning Disabilities
20. Teach Kids to Stay Close to Home
21. Feeling Fear and Learning Disabilities
22. Kids Learn Trustworthiness
23. Multitasking Ideas
24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities?
25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids
27. Materialism Issues
28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge
29. Vocational or Academics for Challenged Teens?
30. Expectations and Relating
31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities
32. Our Roles in the Eyes of Society
Developing Self-Esteem
34. Changing Goals and Learning Disabilities
35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational
36. Achievement with Learning Disabilities
37. Resolving Conflicts and Learning Disabilities
38. Teaching Kids Order and Organization
39. Family Life with Learning Disabilities
40. Backyard Motor Skills Games
41. Truancy and Learning Disabilities
42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly
43. Looking for Equitable Resolves
44. Aerobic Activities for Stress Relief in School
45. Acceptance, Abundance and Learning Disabilities
46. Kids Learn About Sharing

14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends

Practicing social skills, especially being friendly, helps kids with learning disabilities make friends.

Friendliness leads to friendship for people of all ages. Here are some ways for kids to practice being friendly:

1. Join a club with kids of like interests, such as boy scouts or girl scouts. When kids can talk about the same thing with some knowledge and enthusiasm they are most likely to lose self-consciousness and relax. Then those around them will, too.

2. Take time to help children develop a hobby they are interested in and can then show to family and other kids - enjoyment is contagious. Model painting is very popular with boys and a couple of kids can work alongside each other after school or weekends in a play date. They don't have to have much conversation, rather each work on their projects and have each other's company. This is a hobby that can easily be transported to school for 'show and tell' - another opportunity for reaching out and communicating.

3. Go out for a team sport such as cycling, swimming or soccer. Especially with soccer there is lots of player interaction. And I remember those pizza parties afterward occasionally where the kids would take over a long picnic-style table at Rusty's and really hoop it up. Lots of friendships were made with my kids and their friends in both soccer and Little League - both my son and daughters.

4. Encourage play dates where you take a couple of kids on an outing to the zoo or nice park equipment where there is action and things to entertain without having to fully rely on constant conversation with each other. It is a way to ease into more and more interaction with peers.

5. Volunteer at your kids' school - you'll see better how your children are interrelating in their classrooms. Even a small amount of time on a regular basis gives you a bird's eye view of the situation in the classroom. If you're a working parent helping in the early morning at school, perhaps with attendance or collecting lunch money, or even helping kids out of their coats and boots allows time to see how your kids are interacting with others.

In summary, reaching out in friendliness is a big step toward making friends. And, participating in play dates, group outings, clubs and team sports are ways to learn about the give and take in successful relationships, and precursors to forming friendships.

Article by Susan Kramer

Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons

Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
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All articles copyright 2000-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Susan Kramer has worked as a dance specialist with kids and adults of all abilities for more than 30 years,
and lives with her husband in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click autobiography for details.