Build a Support Network

All kids need a network of people they can turn to for support beyond just their parents. For kids with learning and attention issues, it’s especially important to be able to self-advocate and ask for help. It’s a skill they can start building as early as grade school and one they’ll benefit from their entire lives.

 

The people in your child’s support network are ones that she (and you) trust and can rely on for practical and emotional help. They may come from different places in her life. And they may change as she gets older. Her dance teacher might be one. Or her tutor. She might even find an older child with learning and attention issues she feels comfortable talking with.

It’s important for your child to know that everyone needs help sometimes, not just her, and that it’s OK to ask for it. You can model this at home by asking her for help when you need it and showing your appreciation. She might pitch in putting groceries away, or help get a younger sibling ready for bed while you clean up the kitchen.

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