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When a parent finds out their child has a learning issue, they can often feel overwhelmed, helpless and confused. Learning disabilities affect up to 20% of children in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Services, but that doesn't mean your child can't succeed.

It is essential for parents to become experts in their children's learning issues so they can focus on their children's strengths rather than their vulnerabilities. The first step is creating a plan with your child's doctor and any relevant specialists.

Here are some effective strategies for five common learning issues that parents can incorporate at home or at school to help their children thrive:

1. Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is also referred to as a reading disability. Dyslexic children have difficulty identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.

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How to help: The use of audiobooks helps children listen to the story while they see the words. By pointing to the words while listening to the story, children incorporate a multi-sensory approach to reading using tactile, visual and auditory senses.

2. Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a math learning disability in which children often have difficulty understanding number-related concepts, mathematical reasoning or how to accurately use symbols or functions needed to figure out math facts and calculations.

How to help: Use calculators, rulers, fact charts and manipulatives to bridge understanding between the abstract and the concrete. A hands-on approach can help to close the gap between mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and accurate execution.

3. Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects written expression so children can have difficulty spelling, exhibit distorted or poor handwriting and have trouble putting their thoughts down on paper.

How to help: A talk-to-text device allows students to answer written responses without the arduous task of putting pen to paper. By removing the difficult task of handwriting from the assignment with assisted technology, it fosters the use of expanded sentences and detailed response. The use of word processing for class notes and in-class assignments is also beneficial once keyboarding skills are mastered.

4. Processing deficits

Processing deficits are problems with the ability to recognize and interpret information presented through visual and auditory channels. Children with processing deficits experience difficulty with visual and auditory perception.

How to help: Various accommodations and interventions can help them learn. They can benefit from hands-on activities to bring mental images to life so try providing auditory descriptions and details to formulate pictures of what is being discussed.

Have your children make pictures, create story maps as a means of cultivating visual problem-solving skills and watch movies that coincide with assigned literature. For example, when reading To Kill a Mockingbird, watch the movie and ask questions to help your child think critically, predict outcomes and compare and contrast.

5. ADHD

This stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and is often referred to as ADD in both children and adults. Common signs include difficulty paying attention, controlling their impulses or keeping still. ADHD can adversely affect children at home and at school impeding upon their relationships with their family and friends.

How to help: Attending to academic tasks can be extremely challenging. In order to help your children go from initiation to completion of tasks, create a workspace that is free of distractions. Provide headsets to block out surrounding noise, supervise your children while they do their homework, encourage breaks, allowing them to stretch and refocus, and provide positive reinforcement and rewards for staying on task.

With these learning issues, it is important for parents to take the time to explore how their children learn and which modality they should incorporate when their child is learning new concepts for the first time. At school, parents can ask teachers to provide direct instruction, break learning tasks into small steps, incorporate a multi-sensory approach using visual graphic organizers, and model specific strategies.

By incorporating some of the above strategies at home with their children, parents are well underway on helping their children with learning disabilities succeed.

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Our babies come out as beautiful, soft and natural as can be—shouldn't their clothes follow suit?

Here are nine of our favorite organic kids clothing brands that prove safe fabrics + stylish designs are a natural fit.

Estella

A brick and mortar store in Manhattan that opened in 2002, Estella is NYC's go-to shop for luxury baby gifts—from sweet-as-pie organic clothing to eco-friendly toys.

L'ovedbaby

@lovedbaby

We l'oved this collection from the moment we laid eyes on it. (See what we did there 🤣) Free of things harsh added chemicals, dangerous flame retardants, and harmful dyes, this collection is 100% organic and 100% gorgeous. We especially adore their soft, footed rompers, comfy cotton joggers, and newborn-friendly kimono bodysuits.

Looking to stock up? Don't miss Big-Find Thursday every week on their site—a 24-hour flash sale that happens Thursdays at 9 a.m. PST and features a different body style, collection, and discount every week!

Hanna Andersson

@happyhannas

One of our all-time favorite brands for durability, style, + customer service, Hanna Andersson doesn't disappoint in the organic department, either. From an aww-inducing organic baby layette collection all the way to their iconic pajamas, there are so many organic styles to swoon over from this beloved brand. And we swear their pajamas are magic—they seem to grow with your little one, fitting season after season!

Monica + Andy

@monicaandandy

The fabric you first snuggle your baby in matters. Monica + Andy's (gorgeous) collection is designed for moms and babies by moms with babies, and we love it all because it's made of super-soft GOTS-certified organic cotton that's free of chemicals, lead, and phthalates. Newborn pieces feature thoughtful details like fold-over mittens and feet.

Finn + Emma

@finnandemma

"Here boring designs and toxic chemicals are a thing of the past while modern colors, fresh prints and heirloom quality construction are abundant." We couldn't agree more. Made from 100% organic cotton, eco friendly dyes, and in fair trade settings, we love this modern collection's mix of style + sustainability.

We especially love the Basics Collection, an assortment of incredibly soft, beautiful apparel + accessories including bodysuits, zip footies, pants, hats, and bibs, all available in a gender-neutral color palette that can work together to create multiple outfit combinations. The pieces are perfect for monochrome looks or for mixing with prints for a more modern style.

SoftBaby

@littleaddigrey for @softbaby_clothes

You'll come for SoftBaby's organic fabrics, but you'll stay for their adorable assortment of prints. From woodland foxes to urban pugs, there's no limit to their assortment (meaning you'll even be able to find something for the new mama who's hard to shop for). Plus, the name says it all--these suckers are soft. Get ready for some serious cuddle time.

Gap Baby

@gapkids

Organic may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Gap, but this popular brand actually carries a wide variety of organic (and adorable) baby + toddler clothes. From newborn layette basics to toddler sleepwear—and more—there's something for everyone in this collection. Everything is 100% cotton, super soft + cozy, and perfect for eco-conscious mamas.

Winter Water Factory

@winterwaterfactory

Certified organic cotton with Brooklyn-based swagger? Be still our hearts. Winter Water Factory features screen-printed textiles in bold designs you'll want to show off (get ready for some major Instagram likes). And the husband-and-wife co-founders keep sustainability at the forefront of their brand, meaning you can feel good about your purchase--and what you're putting on your baby.

The company makes everything from kids' clothes to crib sheets (all made in the USA). For even more cuteness, pair their signature rompers with a hat or bonnet.

Under the Nile

@underthenile

Under the Nile has been making organic baby clothes since before it was cool. Seriously, they were the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They've kept up that legacy of high standards by growing their Egyptian cotton on a biodynamic farm without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and all of their prints are made with metal-free colors and no chemical finishes.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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