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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

 7. Nurturing and Learning Disabilities by Susan Kramer

Mother first holds her infant aligned heart to heart, then father and siblings align with the new child heart to heart. Heart to heart contact is an essential part in human development.

A baby, cuddled in the heart to heart position regains the feelings of security and protection lost when suddenly free of the womb. With repeated hugs and cuddling, baby, mother, all of baby's family develops a mutual relationship of ever increasing love.

The human infant needs loving care and devotion from an adult to be protected from dangers and have his needs met. And when we have children with learning disabilities they need as much or more nurturing. Their needs cannot be ignored. They need attention from their primary family just as much as from remedial teachers. Nurturing warms the heart giving the child more energy and incentive to strive in new ways to achieve.

On the larger scale of human development and evolution, the devotion developed in nurturing our family expands gradually to include others in our loving care. We grow from self-centeredness, feeling a limited amount of love, to the experience of expanded never-ending loving energy reaching out to all.

While growing up we observe what is entailed in being a father, mother, brother, sister. If each of these basic roles were not in our own family, we saw them in families around us. As adults, many of us extend into the parenting role with our own children or with the children of relatives and friends.

The family we grew up in is our nesting family. After we fly from the nest as young adults, we begin to relate in ways that form additional family groups. If we marry, we then gain an ever larger family of in-laws.

While we are single adults we form a circle of friends for mutual support and nurturing. Whatever role we are in at the moment we have work and community groups with which to interact, and acquaintances sharing common interests.

As citizens, we have national and international ties. In varying degrees of involvement and commitment we function as parts of the whole world family.

Article by Susan Kramer

Resource texts for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically
Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically by Susan Kramer
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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