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Demystifying Learning Disabilities: Empowering Students


Set timers to complete tasks. Getting distracted from the task at hand can often make those with ADHD not finish their assignments. Therefore, setting a timer allows them to know that they only have a finite amount of time to complete the task and thereby encourages them to ignore distractions.

Take frequent short breaks. Children with ADHD are multi-attentional and therefore need to focus on other tasks in order to fully engage them.


Stronger emphasis on phonics. Phonics, or the system of sounds corresponding to different letters, has been proven to be more effective than sight-reading for those with dyslexia. Therefore, a strong focus on phonics will help dyslexic children learn to read.

Encourage books on tape. For dyslexic children, reading can take ten times as long as for those who do not have dyslexia. Therefore, persuade your child to read a few chapters in the book, so that he continues to practice reading. Then, if there are audiotapes available, allow him to listen to the rest of the reading.

Use glossy paper or multiple colors on charts. Children with dyslexia have trouble distinguishing one letter from another, but have no problem with colors. Therefore, when presenting charts or visual material, differentiating the sections will add comprehension.

Demystification is an important part of the learning process for children with learning disabilities. After all, how can we expect them to overcome their disabilities if they do not truly understand what they are facing? Through demystification, you can help your child be his own best advocate!

About the Author: An acclaimed educator and social skills ​specialist​, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@gmail.com.

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One Response to “Demystifying Learning Disabilities: Empowering Students”

  1. Mark Halpert says:

    Many students learn differently and have ADHD – is it a learning difference, a learning disability or both. At 3D Learner, we see the term learning disability as real — but it often reflects a right-brained learner who is in a left-brained school. While accommodations help, we prefer to teach the way the student learns, identify the attention and eye teaming challenges that are often present and help the parents to be the coach and advocate their child needs.

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