October is Learning Disabilities/ADHD/Dyslexia Awareness Month. What Can You Do to Make a Difference?
"Awareness is the greatest agent for change." — Eckhart Tolle
Within the United States, approximately one in five children experience attention and learning challenges. ADHD alone affects nearly 6 million children while close to 2.5 million children suffer from a specific learning disorder, such as dyslexia. Since so many children and families have been impacted by these challenges, October has been designated Learning Disabilities/ADHD/Dyslexia Awareness Month. This month helps increase awareness, provide support, and encourage positive change.
The Goal of Learning Disabilities/ADHD/Dyslexia Awareness Month
Although the symptoms associated with the above disorders are often discussed in regards to a child's education, especially in terms of math, writing, reading, and one's ability to focus, children impacted by learning disabilities and ADHD also possess unique strengths and in turn, immense potential.
Learning Disabilities/ADHD/Dyslexia Awareness Month is intended to highlight these strengths, encouraging millions of parents to nurture their child's unique skills and talents. The goal is to celebrate the accomplishments of these children while increasing awareness.
If your child is one of the millions of students impacted by a learning and/or attention disorder, you can actively get involved, making a difference for not only your child, but the millions of families impacted by learning and attention issues as well.
Actively Get Involved This Month — Here's How
Whether you would like to get more involved at your child's school or within your local community, there are plenty of ways to increase awareness, shining the spotlight on learning and attention disorders.
The best thing you can do is openly discuss your child's learning disability with both them and their teachers, ensuring that everyone is on the same page. To help educate your child in regards to their difficulties, there are plenty of books and resources — many of which celebrate children who simply learn differently.
In order to provide them with even greater insight, attend related events so that your child can meet with others who also experience unique struggles, all while helping them discover their personal strengths and abilities. In many cases, it is at these events where children meet with people who inspire them, decreasing feelings of loneliness and confusion. You can connect with other families here.
This is also a great time to read the latest studies on these disorders, sharing information with other parents, as well as your child's educators. Here are five key areas of research, related to ADHD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia, as well as the impact of an "achievement gap" — particularly in relation to children without an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
By taking action within your community, you will help increase awareness surrounding learning and focus disabilities. In turn, you will help create a world where these children truly feel understood and accepted — a world where they're able to thrive.
Be sure to help your child identify their personal interests and abilities, encouraging them to get involved in activities that are meaningful to them. This will help boost their confidence, as they pursue a bright future.
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