“The 5 Stages of Accepting Your Kid’s Learning Disability”

In Stephanie Booth’s article, “The 5 Stages of Accepting Your Kid’s Learning Disability”  she addresses why it can be a challenge for parents to accept that their child has a learning difference. Read more in her article below:


Just because your amazing child has a learning disability doesn’t mean they’re any less amazing. But hearing your child’s diagnosis for the first time can rock your world … and leave you feeling confused and guilty. The truth? Your feelings are completely normal — and so is your child.

“This planet needs all kinds of minds to survive,” says Rita Eichenstein, PhD, a pediatric neuropsychologist specializing in learning differences and author of Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children. According to Eichenstein, it’s common for parents to go through a variety of feelings as they try to figure out what’s next for their kids.

Here, the five stages parents you can expect encounter if you get the news.

  1. Denial

As soon as hear, you may go into shutdown mode. “It’s normal to have a fight, flight or freeze reaction,” says Eichenstein. And because your brain’s language processing is affected, you may not even think of questions for your child’s doctor until 3 am the next morning.

What to do: “Don’t stay stuck in a hole of fear,” Eichenstein says. “Once you educate yourself about your child’s condition, you’ll start to become more calm.” Find an expert you trust. “And if you don’t like the first one you see, get a second or even a third opinion,” she says.

Read about the other 4 stages…

How did you feel when you learned your child had a learning disability?

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