Helping Struggling Students Who Don't Qualify for Special Services
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As her parent, you'll want to find ways to reinforce instruction, keep her motivated, lessen the pressure and celebrate her talents.
By Jan Baumel, M.S.
Provide Support for Your Child
It's important to let your child know that you believe in her and recognize her efforts. She needs to see you're "in her corner" - there to listen, provide support and guidance and seek help for her.
Remember that these struggles are only a part of the special and unique person she is. As her parent, you'll want to find ways to reinforce instruction, keep her motivated, lessen the pressure and celebrate her talents.
- Help her set realistic expectations for herself.
- Let her know that it's OK to ask for help when she doesn't understand a new concept or directions.
- Meet with her teacher(s) and make a plan of how you can work together to help her.
- Help her organize her materials and develop a plan for effective studying.
- Find ways to help her with her homework.
- If necessary, provide academic support programs outside of school hours, such as tutoring or peer study groups.
- If necessary to help her deal with anxiety and unrealistic expectations, seek counseling.
- Identify her strengths and interests and encourage her to continue building them.