People, children, teenagers, and adults, experience a constant urge to learn and become a better version of themselves. It is precisely our mission to nurture that desire when faced with learning or attention problems or disabilities. But how could we rekindle the appetite for knowledge? How can we encourage people who have learning disabilities?
Accompany their learning.
If the person with disabilities feels his or her family, friends, tutors or teachers are involved, motivation increases in spite of the difficulties. It is not a question of solving their problems, but of talking about them and looking for answers to their obstacles. Support them, but don’t do what they can do, this will only prove your abilities, not theirs.
Encourage his self-confidence.
The important thing is to highlight the skills and abilities at all times. Celebrate their achievements and nurture passions in and out of school. Extracurricular and leisure activities can be very helpful, as long as they are used to promote learning. This way those with disabilities will understand that they are very capable and will be encouraged to try. Remember to always value the effort.
Sow persistence and tenacity.
Explain to them that although maybe they handle different problems or even more obstacles than his peers, he is equally capable of doing it. The essential thing is to try, over and over again. Don’t be afraid to fail, because there is a lot to learn from mistakes. Persistence, bad luck or intelligence, the world belongs to those who try! Remind them that when genius is made, it is not born.
Love and respect, always.
Beyond the achievements and failures, children, teens and adults with learning problems or disabilities need us by their side. Connect with them, accept them and offer support and companionship in any situation.