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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

26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids

Do you remember in the good old days when the family would sit around the table after meals and discuss issues and plans?

With today's family members on diverse schedules, how often do we all sit around the table together? And by not being all together this way we miss out on natural opportunities families of yore had for discussing and resolving issues.

This past winter holiday my family had an opportunity to be all together for several meals, and as we all sat around the table we took the time to listen to each other. We listened as a caring family. This was so helpful to those members of our large family who struggle at times with learning disabilities, including my own partial hearing disability.

The family formed a unit, a caring team, and together we centered on the concerns of our most vulnerable members. I was really impressed by the useful ideas put forth for resolving issues. I know that left to my own resources I would not have thought of all the ideas presented.

The benefit of the family, or family and friends in roundtable discussion, is that the members know each other and being close over a period of time have the desire to really help out where needed. And those being cared about get a boost in self esteem by being the center of the loving attention surrounding them.

If your family is scattered at dinnertime, one idea is to make a habit of having a family lunch or dinner together on the weekend. My family likes to eat pizza together, and at times we have gathered together in the backyard or an informal pizzeria to eat and when satiated we have turned our attention to issues of our family members who need attention.

Another occasion to make an excuse for all being together for eating and discussing is celebrating birthdays. This insures several times a year meeting as a group and listening to and nurturing each other.

In summary, making time to gather as a family or with family and close friends in roundtable discussion, is an opportunity to listen to each other and give insight from all present. It is a time when the weakest members of the clan can get support from those who care about them and want what is best for each other. If the family is rarely all together for meals, make use of special occasions such as holidays and birthdays to sit around as a group and listen to each other; nurturing with positive attitudes and creative ideas as needed.

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.