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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

25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals

Kids of most abilities can have goals to reach for in life. And parents, families, teachers, and the extended family of community can have a hand in nurturing the strong points in each child to reach those goals.

If a child is limited because of a learning or physical disability in one area, they may be stronger in other areas. For instance, a kid that has trouble with academics may excel in some aspect of motor skills, the arts, or a technical field.

By building on kids' strong skills you are helping them toward a viable career path as an adult. After all, there are jobs in sports and athletics that are not directly competitive, but which a kid or teen may become interested in just because that is an area of interest. In other words, a related skill or job opportunity may open up from being exposed to certain areas of interest in childhood and the teen years.

Another example from the arts is that a kid who is into dancing could be encouraged in this way by providing them lessons. I recommend offering a variety of classes such as tap, modern, and ballet to the young person to get a well-rounded background. Then later the kid can specialize in a one or a couple of disciplines.

As an adult, jobs in the dance world related to dancing include teaching, working backstage in theater production, stage lighting, building sets for productions, costume making - all spinning off the first love of dancing.

The same is true with music. Trying out a couple of instruments, choosing one, working hard at practice, joining a band or orchestra in school - all can lead to a lifetime and jobs around the music field in the same way as dance.

If the talent and interest lie with computers or another technical field there is a wide range of related jobs. The computer and technical fields are expanding in our modern age with jobs in the range of using a computer in the office, all the way to programming.

Where the talent and interest lie will success also, for those who work at it.

I believe every kid has one or several unique talents, whether it's in academics, the arts, sports, computer, technical fields, that when uncovered and nurtured at home, in school, in the community, can lead to a successful job as an adult!

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.