How can parents help children with a Learning Disability?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dr. Jack Naglieri offers advice on how parents can help children with a learning disability.

    Jack Naglieri

    Dr. Jack A. Naglieri is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to his current position he was Professor of School Psychology and Psychology at the Ohio State University where he taught from 1982 to 2000. The author of more than 150 scholarly papers, chapters, books, and tests, he has focused his efforts since the late 1970s on reconceptualizing intelligence. He also the recipient of the Senior Scientist Award, and holds an appointment as a senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Foundation's Institute for Clinical Training and Research. Dr. Naglieri obtained his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Long Island University, Master of Science from St. John's University, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1979. He worked as a school psychologist in the New York area from 1974-1977. Jack A. Naglieri is also the author of the Cognitive Assessment System (Naglieri & Das, 1997), the CAS Scoring Aide (Naglieri, 2002), the General Ability Measure for Adults (Naglieri & Bardos, 1997), Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (Naglieri, 1996), Devereux Scoring Assistant (LeBuffe, Naglieri, & Pfeiffer, 1996), Devereux Scales of Mental Disorders (Naglieri, LeBuffe, & Pfeiffer, 1994), Devereux Behavior Rating Scales School Form (Naglieri, LeBuffe, & Pfeiffer, 1994), Draw A Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance (Naglieri, McNeish, & Bardos, 1990), Draw A Person: Quantitative Scoring System (Naglieri, 1988), Matrix Analogies Test (Naglieri, 1985).

    Host: How can parents help children with a learning disability?

    Dr. Jack Naglieri: Parents who have a child that has a learning disability can help their child quite a lot by learning as much as they can about learning disabilities, learning as much they can about their own legal rights and the child s legal rights, and also learning someways of helping the child at home. Helping the child be organized, understanding the child has difficulty with specific types of problems and then looking for books that might help their child to learn better.

    So, a child who has reading to coding problems for example, who has problems putting things in order, it would be helpful if the parent could get tools or tricks or methods that will allow the child, for example, to see the whole world rather than try to blend the sounds. In a nutshell, I think parents would be able to help their child if they understood the problem so that when they work with the child, if the child seem to resistant or doesn t want to do it or is trying to avoid the work, its not because the child isn t being good, it is just the child is really struggling with the anxiety that s caused by being working in a particular area than having so much trouble being successful. So, I think knowledge is critical for parents. As much knowledge as they can get, they can help their child even more and more by being knowledgeable of the nature of the problem and then what they can do to help.