Do you ever look at your teen and know that they are struggling in school, but you have no idea how to help? You want to get the support that they need, but you may not know where to start. Here are 10 places to get help for your teen:
1. Parents. Plenty of other parents have been in your situation, and they can provide practical, compassionate advice. They may know local professionals, schools and other resources to help. Be sure that they respect your teen’s privacy if it is a sensitive topic.
2. eBooks. There are eBooks out now regarding learning disabilities, attention problems, depression, anxiety and a range of other issues. Thousands of eBooks are available on www.amazon.com. I recommend searching for the words “practical” or “workbook” to find advice you can use now. Parents can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for books to meet specific needs.
4. National Organizations. There are many helpful organizations, such as Learning Disabilities Association of America, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder and others.
5. Counselors. School counselors can support your teen at school and negotiate with teachers if needed. Your teen may need resource support, modified curriculum or educational accommodations. This process can take a while, and it is helpful to start early.
6. Pediatricians. Many pediatricians have great general parenting advice, and they know local providers. There may be medical issues to rule out, and some problems can be treated with medications.
7. Ministers. For some families, a religious leader can be a source of support and information. Youth group leaders work with a range of teens, and they may run youth groups that can be a source of support and friendship.
8. Parenting blogs. There are tons of blogs and web site out there that deal with parenting, including this one. You may want to look at www.psychologytoday.com and www.parenting.com for advice on a range of topics.
9. Magazines. There are several traditional parenting magazines with great general suggestions and resources, and there are many specialty magazines dedicated to specific issues. Magazines such as Your Teen and Today’s Parent can provide excellent general suggestions, while those like EP Magazine can provide information for parents of teens with special needs.
10. Psychologists. Many teens need psychological testing to document learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, anxiety, intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Comprehensive testing can document areas of disability and clarify needed accommodations. Psychologists often go with parents to school meetings to present results. Visit us at www.prattcenter.com for more information about psychological testing.
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