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For Homeschoolers and Parents: Tips for Raising Kids with Learning Disabilities


1. Rebuilding Relationships and Learning Disabilities
2. Compromise, Parenting and Learning Disabilities
3. Instilling Motivation with Learning Disabilities
4. Solutions to Problems
5. Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities
6. Rhythms, Music, Dancing for Kids of All Abilities
7. Nurturing and Learning Disabilities
8. Developing a Stable Home Life
9. Academic Benefits of Learning Rhythmic Dances
10. Social Impact of Learning Disabilities
11. Teaching Kids How to Be Helpful
12. Learning Disabilities and Charity in Attitude
13. Being Responsible for Kids
14. Nurturing Abilities in Kids with Challenges
15. Learning Disabilities and Enthusiastic Music Time
16. Attitude Makes a Difference with Kids
17. Wisdom and Learning Disabilities
18. Rhymes for Remembering
19. Encouraging Each Step of Growth
20. Other Strengths When Challenged
21. Helping Kids Get Along in the Family
22. Kids Learn About Sharing
23. Practice Dressing for Winter

 23. Practice Dressing for Winter by Susan Kramer

In the Northern Hemisphere wintertime brings challenges for getting around in a variety of weather conditions. Kids with learning disabilities may need extra care, support and guidance to negotiate winter weather, depending on their coping skills and special needs.

With inclement weather coming, a game could be made of getting all the necessary garments and equipment together in one place, perhaps near the front door on hooks or in a hall closet. Or, if it is your habit to enter through a back porch, then that is the place to stash everything.

dressed in coats to play in the snow

We enter the house through the garage in winter to keep the wet out of the house. Whatever works best for your kids is okay and the routine to be practiced, especially with your kids that may need help dressing, undressing or remembering what to wear in cold, wet weather or snow.

Help your kids come home with their mittens, scarves and hats by sewing a nametag on the inside of each garment. Even if they can't read, someone at school will then be able to tell what items belong to your child and you're more likely to have her come home completely dressed for the weather.

Back to the little game of practicing dressing and undressing for winter. The weekend is a good time to go through the routine without having the stress of having to get ready by a certain time to be at school or catch the school bus. Winter coats on, mittens and hats off, and put away again - with a treat at the end of the game as a reward for striving to help themselves.

It is worth it to play little games mimicking activities that are needed at different times of the year, because the child then knows why there is a change in routine. And as with every skill to learn, practice makes perfect.

In summary, make a game out of dressing for the inclement weather of winter, so you kids know ahead of time why their routine is changing.

Article by Susan Kramer

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