Beyond The Classroom

 How To Support Your Child at Home

Support Your Child at Home

Your partnership with the school in supporting your child, through the IPP, is an important component. However, there will be other ways your child (and you!) might need to be supported and encouraged outside of those school doors.
They are:
-Homework support
-Home routines such as healthy eating and sleeping habits
-Supporting your child’s emotional/mental health needs
-Social Skills
-Recreation: Provide opportunities for the child to have a break from the stress of school and have fun
-Family Time
-Parenting Support

Other Challenges & Conditions:
If a child is struggling academically or with attention issues, then he/she may also be struggling with other challenges, such as: weak executive function skills, anxiety, depression, or social skills challenges.

In the website’s About LD & About ADHD; Related Challenges sections you can learn more about them.

Seek Resources & Support

You are not alone in supporting a family member with a Learning Disability and/or ADHD. Start by exploring our website, where you will find helpful information to guide you on your journey:

Parent Support Groups: Remember, one of your best resources will be other parents like yourselves. It is amazing what parents can do to support each other.

Action Plans

Supporting the needs of someone who has been diagnosed with a Learning Disability, ADHD, or another condition can be overwhelming. As a family it can be helpful to make your own Action Plan to support your child or family member in specific areas. This action plan should be developed and put into action together.

Remember that Learning Disabilities and ADHD do not disappear when a child transitions to adulthood, but the impact may look different. Your goal is to help your child or young adult to develop strategies to manage their challenges and build upon their strengths, and to learn to advocate for themselves. This will be a long journey, so have realistic expectations and set reasonable goals.


Identify the Need
Identify a specific area where your family member would like to develop strategies, skills, or get support.

Set a Goal
What are 1 or 2 current and realistic goals and objectives?

Find Help
Identify resources, organizations, and/or service providers that can provide information or support.

Start the Action Plan
Implement strategies & timelines for achieving progress.

Assess Progress
Set regular dates to evaluate how the plan is working.

Change or adapt the plan when needed.

Celebrate Successes! 
Celebrate all the little and big successes together!

Words of Advice from Other Parents:
Make your action plan realistic– you are not a superhuman!
Action Plans are meant to be guideposts – Don’t’ stay up at night worrying about them.
Celebrate Small Successes
Don’t burn yourself out!

Learn More - Beyond the Classroom

Check in regularly to get articles and other resources on how to parent your child with learning differences.

Foothills Academy – Community Services
provides articles about Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and many related topics. On their website, go to Community Services; Learning Disabilities & ADHD Articles.

LDAA Article: Parenting Children with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Related Conditions
By Sally L. Smith and found on the ldamerica website