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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

17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions

Kids with learning disabilities may not be able to work out situations or problems in the mainstream way, but by seeking out new solutions they may find ways to learn or get the task done.

I watched a television program on the BBC from the Child of our Times series that explored creativity in kids and one of the children featured had a learning disability - ADHD. The commentator brought up an interesting question to the viewers that was something like - when a child with ADHD is on medication so they can sit still and learn are we sacrificing their creative spirit at the expense of learning facts?

I have found through teaching academics kinesthetically to students with and without learning disabilities during my years as a dance specialist, that kids who are encouraged to move in patterns and rhythms branch out to creative moves of their own.

Further, I found that moving around enthusiastically sparks more energy for learning. It seems to get the ball of ideas rolling in a way, I think, that goes along with the theory that set in motion a ball rolls along the floor.

When kids are enthusiastic and full of energy they would naturally act creatively if allowed to and given the chance. I have found when a child produces a creation that they admire, they remember it. This follows then, that encouraging creativity in kids will be an asset in later life in finding solutions as needed.

Promoting and giving space for kids to use their creative energy and produce results may result in them finding a way of learning that is natural for them - the end result may look the same for 20 children but there may be 20 paths to reach that end. Helping kids find their own way of learning by watching their creative play gives a hint on how to encourage learning new material and find solutions as they grow up.

In summary, everyone learns in their own way, whether with learning disabilities or not, and by encouraging enthusiastic creative play the way an individual naturally learns may show up. Then, when put to use to learn facts or find solutions throughout childhood and adulthood, the idea that trying out different methods and strategies will naturally come to mind.

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.