Helping students with learning disabilities learn from home

Most parents are learning new respect for teachers. With most schools closed until fall, mom and dad have had to step up by either homeschooling or making sure online classes are being done.

It’s difficult for most families, but even more trying and time-consuming for students and their parents dealing with learning disabilities.

Brian Owens, 19, got his freshman year in college interrupted. His studies moved from the classroom to his bedroom.

“It’s just a different mindset,” said Owens.

Learning has always been a challenge. Owens has autism and struggles with ADHD, but now, finding focus at home may add another level of difficulty.

“Not having your teachers for one-on-one instruction definitely is a disadvantage,” Owens said.

Students with ADHD and dyslexia can have difficulty with time management. While students with autism may be OK with the online format, but lack organization skills, so a detailed daily schedule is a must. And have hourly breaks scheduled.

Owens has his plan in place.

“I just set my reminder to begin work at 12 p.m., and I just work until I get it done,” Owens said.

Experts also say parents can help out by creating flashcards for visual learners and voice recordings for auditory learners.