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Talk about when and how to ask for help.

What you can do

Make a list of the people who can provide your child with support—teachers, counselors, coaches—and talk about who should be approached for what. Use role-playing to practice seeking out these individuals.

Focus on how to speak in an appropriate manner and how to be assertive without being overly demanding. Encourage your child to get some real-world experience by calling places such as movie theaters or shoe stores and asking for specific information.

What you can say

“Jacob, can you call the pizzeria and order us two large pies for dinner tonight? The number is on the refrigerator. Ask if they deliver. If not, find out when we should pick up our order. Oh, and check to see if they can put pepperoni on half of one pie. Thanks!”

Why this will help

Children with learning and attention issues need to know they have a good support system. But for this system to be successful, kids need to feel comfortable accessing and using it frequently.

That’s why it’s so important for children to learn how to effectively communicate their needs to others. Whether your child is ordering a pizza or asking for an accommodation at school, knowing how to appropriately express his needs will be an essential skill as he gets older.

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