By Alice Thomas
- Listen to your children. Hear what their actions, emotions and silence are communicating in addition to their words.
- Educate yourself. Learn all you can about the components of the learning process and how they interact. Read books. Go to lectures and seminars. Learn about your child’s unique learning profile. Learn about the services available to your child, public and private. It’s your job.
- Trust yourself. If you think your child has a problem and/or a strength, you’re probably right. Trust your instincts, and look for professionals who respect your insights.
- Be an informed consumer. All services and professionals available in the public and private domain are not equal. Be sure that what you are “buying” is tailored exactly to your child’s needs. Consider it one of the most important shopping experiences of your life.
- Believe in your children. Your children have immense potential. Believe in them and support them. Positive attitudes and hope are contagious. Start by finding what Dr. Bob Brooks, a national expert on self-esteem, describes as “islands of competence” floating in children’s oceans of frustration and failure.
- Always remember: All children can learn. All children want to learn. All children deserve to learn, by being understood and taught in a way in which they can learn.
- Never, never, never give up.