Evaluation complete and diagnosis in hand, it is now time to begin treatment for someone with a Learning Disability (LD). Best practice recommends you meet the student where they are, scaffolding the interventions to plan for success, and then removing the scaffolding slowly when you are convinced that the child has internalized the lessons. Directly teach to create generalization and transfer of the skills from the clinician’s office to the real worlds of home, school, playground, and community. As an LD is a developmental disability, the child’s needs constantly shift and change as the child matures and should be reconsidered regularly.
Beginning Treatment With a Child with Learning Issues
Since we can’t treat all of the child’s issues at the same time, the most pressing need should be identified, and adjusted as necessary. This means monitoring and discussing what is causing the child the most distress and getting them appropriate help in that area. It’s important to leave time and resources for the things they are good at as well as the issues needing help. So where to begin? Talk with your client to see what is most pressing for them!