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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

35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational

Every time we go into a store and make a purchase we are using language, communication, and math skills.

This is a great opportunity for your child with learning disabilities in math or language areas to get some 2nd hand practice by watching you, or even 1st hand practice by making a purchase with you at his side for encouragement and assistance as needed.

Grocery shopping

The grocery store is like walking into a big school because it has so many opportunities for learning about the value of money and how to read packages and weigh items.

Let's start in the fresh produce section. You could say to your child, "pick out 4 large potatoes for dinner." That gives practice with counting. Then put the potatoes on the scale and together look at the weight and price per pound, and watch how the scale calculates the total price.

I like to make a little game of this by guessing what I think the price will be. This is a very practical application of math skills that will be useful for a lifetime.

Moving along with the shopping cart enter the isle with cereal boxes. Here is an opportunity to talk about sizing and quantities. You could say to your child, "pick out a small size box of your favorite cereal."

Then ask if he can find the product information section on the outside of the box. It is usually along a narrow side. Going down the chart, point out the number of calories per serving, as well as how many servings the box contains. This information is written using language and math. Another practical application of what your child needs to learn to live an independent life.

Okay, now head toward the checkout counter and see what can be learned by that process. If you have just a few items, count them, and look to see if there is a 10 item or less line. This is useful to point out to your child so she doesn't have to stand behind someone with a full cart, when there are just potatoes and cereal to pay for.

After loading items onto the conveyer belt, seeing the prices scanned and getting the total to pay, help your child count out the money to pay for the items. Then bag everything up and head out the door.

One lesson done, many more to go, with each being an opportunity to make shopping an educational experience for your child with learning disabilities, with the security of you at his side for confidence and security.

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.