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Name: Joanne
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My daughter has just been diagnosed with a learning disability and will need to attend special classes at her school to help her. I'm worried the other kids in her class will make fun of her when they learn she has to attend these special classes. She's already feeling pretty low and I'm worried her self-esteem will suffer even more. Has anyone been through the same thing? Any advice?
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Name: Rayanne | Date: Jun 13th, 2005 8:42 PM
My child was diagnosed with dyslexia at age eleven. He was given special classes during certain hours, but spent most of his time in his regular class. Once kids get wind that there is something different, they can't help but make fun. It's in a child's makeup, I guess. Be prepared for some rough times at home. Try to be upbeat and remind your child that just because they have a learning disability it doesn't mean that they are stupid or aren't worthwhile. Get your child to talk with other kids with learning disabilities, and this will make her feel better about herself. She'll learn that she isn't all that different. Maybe your child's school could organize a speaker to come and talk to the class about special needs and learning disabilities. This may be a good, indirect method at preventing any upsets. 

Name: Penny | Date: Jul 3rd, 2005 1:48 PM
You don't say the age of your child, but my son is LD and only had a problem in middle school. That where they called him sped., told him the only reason he got good grades was that he cheated (used mod.s) and were just nasty and mean. Most of this came from one boy who was in Cub Scouts/ then Boy scouts with him and rode the same bus. That made it worse since he just couldn't get away from the teasing, thought this boy was his friend and believed what he was saying. For two years he wouldn't use any test mods so he barely passed a few classes. I will say he has a great attitude. Handles himself very well. His disability has a lot to do with reading- slow, below grade level, disfluent yet he always raises his had to read- he just keeps trying. Because of that he keeps impoving. Good luck. Play to her strengths. Make sure she has a few close friends for peer support. 

Name: Jennifer | Date: Jul 18th, 2005 3:01 PM
Hi my name is Jennifer I to was in special education. Some of the kids will probebly make her feel down; but don't let her get depressed. I found out that it was easer for me to write things down. See just because children are in special classes dose not meen anything. It just says my child is a little slower than everyone else. I have benn there it will get better. I am a writer now. and I once was in special Education. 

Name: melanie | Date: Aug 24th, 2005 5:02 AM
my child is 5 and he is diognosed with adhd and pdd,he is just starting special kindergarden im also worried about the same thing, but i reasure him he is special and nobody is eny better than he is!All you can do is give him love and keep telling them how special they are every day. 

Name: joshua | Date: Oct 23rd, 2005 11:06 AM
are you a scout 

Name: karen | Date: Nov 18th, 2005 2:08 PM
I have a leariining disablily 

Name: karen | Date: Nov 18th, 2005 2:11 PM
I need someone to talk to 

Name: Melanie | Date: Nov 27th, 2005 11:36 PM
Im 14 and i have lots of learning ''differences'' and i know that is really sux havin to work harder to get the same grade as every one elce but i always tell my self it is going to be ok and it is i know so much about life and how to deal with my probs so it is going to be fine at times i do feel like giving up but i never let my self if any needs help on what they can tell there kids to make them feel better or if any one wants to have there kids e mail me thats fine 2 my e mail ie [email protected] 

Name: Rachel | Date: Dec 26th, 2005 5:22 AM
HI! My name is Rachel, im 21 years old and about to graduate college in May with an AAS degree in Massage Therapy. In first grade I was classified as perceptualy impaired, and see, im doing jsut fine! I guess my words of wisdom would be to always engourage your daughter no matter what. Just ebcause she may learn differently than others doesn't mean shes not smart, or can't learn. Always remind her of that. it is a matter of learning differently, not slower, or better or worse. It is jsut different. For me, I elarned early on what my strengths and weaknesses were and came to to terms with them. for me, having a learning disability ended up making me more self assured than my pears, but i didn't realize that until recenltly. I think its a matter of building upon her strengths. In that she will find her self esteem, and more importanlty, herself.
Hope this helped! Good luck

Name: Deb | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 4:14 AM
Would you be able to consider homeschooling? My son has LDs and can work at home at his own pace. He has a great self esteem, I feel that is in contrast to my oldest who had similair problems and went to public schools. It is hard work at times, but they grow up so fast, my oldest is 22 and it did go fast! 

Name: someone who cares | Date: Mar 16th, 2006 11:57 PM
Heads up! It's may not happen to your child, but watch out for some bad apple teachers. My friend's son has been very
mistreated by teachers/asst. teachers and believe it or not, two
asst. principals. I would try to get her tested by a learing center.
They will test and help her and maybe she doesn't need to be in there. Once in there, it's hard to get them out, and even more hard to take up for your child when you know they are getting
mistreated. My friend told me that some people in jail gets treated better then her son did. Knowing what the poor boy went through, I would have to agree with her. 

Name: rachel hisgrove | Date: Jun 18th, 2006 1:40 PM
hi i can totally understand your concern my son is 5 and he was diagnosed as having global development delay. he will bestarting school in a special class next term and i was so scared because he is a beauiful little boy and i just want to protect him. it is so hard one day you wold think he is normal and the others it is so hard i know its hard but people are cruel and they just have to deal and know what delays our children have people are ignorant 

Name: winks | Date: Jun 28th, 2006 4:12 PM
Hi I suffered terribly from dyslexia throughout my childhood. I can really emphasise with everything you say about your daughter. I hated going to school, I was exhausted by a day at school and found it really hard to concerntrate.

However at sixteen I completed a programme that has completely minimised the affects of dyslexia on my life, to the point that the symptoms do not feel they are there. I am now 21 years old and at university obtaining first class marks. That is somewhere I never thought I would be.

I just hope that more and more people can be helped by this progamme and do not have to suffer in the same way that I did. It is definately worth a luck, the name of it is dore.

I am sure that if you decide to give it a go they can help your daughter as much as they helped me 

Name: rebecca | Date: May 10th, 2008 7:28 AM
hey every one how are you i am bec 

Name: m. trower | Date: Jun 22nd, 2008 7:55 PM
Hi Joanne,
Not only am I a learning disabilities specialist but I have learning disabilities myself and thus I truly know the importance of a holistic approach to the remedial process. This means that a child with LD not only needs academic remediation but their social and emotional development need to seen to as well. For more information you could visit my web site www.abcofreading.com 

Name: adrian | Date: Jul 9th, 2008 11:25 PM
is this chat only for kids? 

Name: mery | Date: Sep 5th, 2008 8:45 PM

Name: as life goes on | Date: Sep 8th, 2008 4:04 PM

Name: as life goes on | Date: Sep 8th, 2008 4:05 PM
how everybody 

Name: fairydustxmagic | Date: Sep 18th, 2008 11:19 PM
hi everyone! im catherine. im 19years old and i have a learning disability. it is called audio processing disorder ( CAPD) . its really hard understand when people talk. its hard to catch the information and keep it in for along time i understand much better visually. i dont know how college will work out for me. im going to do an online college because i can see the notes and the last college i had i couldnt get notes. i was in special ed classand no one made fun of me becuase of it. for what i know and you should ignore them because they dont understand learning disabilities. i would like to talk to someone who has a learning disability or is a mom to someone who has a learning disability. email me at fairydustxmagic at yahoo dot com. thank you! 

Name: Andrea | Date: Sep 24th, 2008 5:51 AM
hi, im a student and im doing a report on inclusion education. i would like anybodys opinion about this program it would help me greatly 

Name: w.judith37 | Date: Oct 4th, 2008 8:36 AM
MY Email [email protected] 

Name: Jenna | Date: Oct 26th, 2008 1:21 AM
How do I know if my 5th grade with a learning disability is being pushed hard enough? She is in a speech and language classroom but I'm not sure if the teacher is doing all she can do. 

Name: cindy | Date: Nov 16th, 2008 9:34 PM
I am studding for my bachlors in sspecial ed I have som e questions for a class iam taking would you mind helping me with my class? I also have a teen with learning disabilities most of the kids except them for who they are and she has friends that stick up her that really helps 

Name: rob | Date: Nov 17th, 2008 10:21 PM
Happened to come accross you posting on this group whilst doing some research prior to setting up a learning disability discussion group. Athough your son has been disgnosed with dyslexia, it should be worth remembering that a child with dyslexia does not have a learning disability, there are many ways that a child with dyslexia can attend normal mainstream education and achieve good results. 

Name: Bill | Date: Nov 23rd, 2008 10:53 AM
I am 42 years old and last year I have been diagnosed with an Audio Processing Disorder. This has really affected my relationships and consequently I don't get out much, I freak out around people from the fear of them not understanding me. When really I don't understand them mostly the non-verbal ques. If I am told explicitly then I get it but sarcasms, body language, and what not to talk about with people is a constant hurtle I work on. I normally don't talk much due to scared of what I say is judged or not interesting.....it really sux. I am trying to get a handle on this by understanding it more. I am returning to college and it really concerns me since I will be around people all day and then my anxiety will sky rocket which will affect my grades.
Also, when I get a degree and dealing with professionals I may not be able to understand entirely. So my choice of majors is compromised from what I like to what I should take. So if there is a book anybody recommends for me or a program I would appreciate it. 

Name: Jangpangi | Date: Mar 26th, 2009 2:59 PM
My son is ok .He watches etc and understande everthing.However he is unable to graps things in studies.He cannot do simple maths addition ,substrationetc. and also of other subjects.he does not remember things taught in maths ,science. How to help out 

Name: Goltol | Date: Apr 18th, 2009 11:06 AM
Im learning disabled it sucks 

Name: Beltel | Date: Apr 18th, 2009 11:09 AM
When your learning disabled you just learn that your dumb. And it realy sucks affter all the schooling. You fail everything i school and then your messed up by the time you join the work force. It sucks. 

Name: Derek | Date: May 17th, 2009 6:49 PM
Learning disability sucks it holds you back to succeed in life, that's how i fell about it. and I'm not to happy about having a Learning disability. but its life, I just deal with it, and i just think positive about myself. 

Name: beckywarnes | Date: Sep 8th, 2009 12:18 PM
u are nice and lovely people 

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