Tweens Pre Teens

Being a teenager is a confusing, emotional, frightening time. Teens tend to feel unsure of themselves, insecure about how they look or act, and generally confused about the world around them. Take this troublesome time and add a learning disability on-top, and you really create some difficulties for anyone, of any age, to overcome.

For those caring enough to want to help another teen with a learning disability, there are three words to remember, time, patience, and positive. Time and patience are the most vital ingredients in aiding anyone with a disability, much less a learning disability. The ability to be positive can help in anyone achieving anything, since it is so much easier to believe in yourself when someone else believes in you too.

Time is exactly what it sounds like. Taking a break in your regular schedule and dedicating some time to spend helping a teen with a learning disability is the most important step. They are going to need a “hands-on” approach and interactive aid. Juts throwing a few extra books or test at them is not going to help, they are going to need very active support.

Patience is also vital, since learning anything new takes place over a period of time. Teens with a learning disability are probably already insecure and embarrassed by the issue. They can get easily flustered in an attempt to keep up to others, and can often become overwhelmed and confused. It is important to use patience, and let them work at their own pace. It is a huge help to have a tutor that stays calm and focused when they are feeling frustrated.

The world doesn’t have to be viewed thru rose colored glasses, but staying positive can be a huge help. Someone with a learning disability has probably long heard questions and doubts about their capability. They most likely are somewhat scared and harbor big doubts too. Staying positive and focusing on what has been and can be accomplished helps take the teen out of this mindset. Demonstrating some faith in their ability and hope in their progress can be the little extra nudge needed to assure success.

Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, Impaired Speech Development, and Developmentally Disabled, are some commonly diagnosed disorders that are directly linked to learning disabilities. Each one can have slightly different needs when it comes to academic aid.

Attention Deficit Disorder

– Attention Deficit Disorder, also known as “ADD” and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, known as “ADHD”, are to disabilities that effect attention spans and the ability to focus. Patience is definitely the most important thing here. Attention building activities and focusing exercises can be great for helping increase basic school skills.

Dyslexia

– The disability manifests, basically, as a difficulty with written language. The effects are most particularly seen in reading and spelling. Fundamental reading, writing, and spelling exercises are great for practicing and helping overcome this problem.

Impaired Speech Development

– Impaired speech development can be the result of many different factors. Hearing and/or eyesight impairment, traumatic brain injury, general abuse, or neglect can all create an impaired speech development. Dictation, reading out-loud, and general conversation can help fantastically in improving this skill.

Developmentally Disabled

– Many tragic causes can result in someone being developmentally disabled. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and traumatic brain injury are just a few of the many common reasons. Depending on the level of disability, a teen might actually need some formal training to be able to properly aid with the problem.

– Things will need to be very broken down and simplified to be correctly taught to a developmentally disabled teen. Huge amounts of patience and the ability to do things in very small steps helps out too. Any kind of reading, writing, life skill, identifying, social, or other general game is perfect for helping out in all areas of the disability.

But the biggest help of all for a developmentally disabled teen is someone caring enough to stop and lend some aid. Anyone willing to help can have a massively positive impact on the disabled teens skill levels.

Any teen willing to help another disabled teen can have a positive impact beyond belief. Having a peer stop and help can not only aid in self-esteem, social skills, overcoming the disability, and succeeding in life, it can provide a much needed friend.