Embrace differences

  • Every individual is unique with his own differences, talents, and abilities.
  • Why not changing our view on learning disabilities?
  • See learning disabilities as different learning styles.

Bring awareness and knowledge

  • There are few solutions which work well in all situations.
  • An unfitted solution provides frustration to all parties.
  • Peoples are in general more negative or reluctant for the unknown.
  • When the unknown becomes know and one understands the situation, one becomes more proactive and judges less.
  • One can concentrate on the positive sides and find solutions.

Achieve understanding

  • More understanding is less frustration for everyone.
  • It is easier to help or give assistants if we first understand.
  • We can adapt a learning strategy that suits ones ability and learning style
  • Find the right approach to handle the weaknesses.
  • People are more willing to accept assistance and cooperative if they feel understood.
  • It's a great help for the dyslexic being understood.

Concentrate on the strengths

  • It’s important to detect someone strengths (talent, abilities) as soon as possible. But this goes especially for children with learning disabilities.
  • By concentrating on ones strengths, there is a change that positive, supportive and optimistic attitude follows by itself.
  • Nurture those strenghts.
  • And by nature, those strengths contribute to an optimal development of the individual; therefore a happy, confident and contributed person to humanity.

"The real fear that I have for dyslexic people is not that they have to struggle with jumbled input or that they can't spell, but that they will quit on themselves before they get out of school. Parents have to create victories whenever they can, whether it's music, sports or art. You want your dyslexic child to be able to say: "Yeah, reading's hard. But I have these other things that I can do." - Stephen J. Cannell. Newsweek interview on dyslexia, November 1999

Unlock the potential

To achieve this it's important how the child's environment behaves towards the learning disability. There are a few point we can keep in mind if we want to help the child in reaching his potential.

How to detect or make a first test of dyslexia yourself

If you suspect somebody or yourself could have a learning disability? The suggestions on the page “How to test for dyslexia and what to do next” could give you a start.