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J. Activities and tips that can help children with Specific learning disabilities

1. Break down complex activities that bore your child into smaller units. These small units must be easily achievable, this will keep your child going.

2. Avoid cluttering. Make sure that the background of the worksheet/ wall of the room/ table on which their activity is placed is not filled with too many things, as this can cause difficulty and distraction. You can try introducing one activity at a time, and you can gradually increase the number of activities/ items on the table.

3. Provide enough prompts and cues to help your child understand and carry out activities better. Whenever they look confused or stuck, give them clues in the form of visual/ written/ verbal prompts, etc to help them out.

4. Make a visual timetable, with pictures of how a regular day goes and follow it. This will provide a sense of direction to your child, and help them stay on track. Make sure the timetable is not too strict, your child needs playtime and leisure time.

5. Teach them various concepts through pretend play, theatre, etc. These activities are engaging and require the full participation of the child. Learning by experience is a fun approach for all children. For example, You can teach them the concept of money by role-playing as a shopkeeper and your child can be the customer.

6. Play spelling games, writing games, games that involve numbers, etc. Make it fun and participate in these games with your child.

7. Shared book reading can help your child improve their reading skills. Point out words in a way that the word being read is visible to your child. Use books that have good visuals that will help your child associate words with appropriate pictures. Repetition and practice works wonders with children who have learning disabilities, but make sure it does not bore your child

8. To build fine motor skills, you can try activities like cutting with scissors, pasting, picking up beads/ lentils, separating different grains, peeling stickers, etc

9. Carry out activities that build attention and memory. Check out our blog ‘16 activities to boost your child’s attention and concentration.

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