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My child is gifted but also has a learning disability, what are some effective ways to support them?

Hello everyone,

I have a 9-year-old child who has been identified as gifted, but he also has a learning disability. I am looking for some effective ways to support him in his academic and personal growth.

My child has always had a passion for knowledge and an insatiable curiosity about the world around him. He is always asking questions and wants to learn more. However, he often struggles with basic reading and writing skills, which can sometimes cause him to become frustrated and discouraged.

I want to support my child in a way that acknowledges his strengths and helps him overcome his challenges. What strategies have you found to be effective in supporting children with similar learning profiles? Are there any resources or programs that you have found particularly helpful?

Thank you in advance for your insights and ideas.

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Hi there,

I can relate to your situation as my daughter is a gifted learner but also has an auditory processing disorder, making it difficult for her to process sound and language. To support her, we had to develop a plan that accommodated her learning difficulties while allowing her to pursue her interests.

We made use of assistive technology such as headphones with noise-cancelling features that would help her tune out background noise, making it easier for her to concentrate. We also found that visual aids were helpful in reinforcing complex ideas or concepts, especially in subjects like science and math.

In addition, we were fortunate enough to be able to work with a teacher who understood her learning disorder and created personalized learning plans that fitted her unique requirements. They provided her with enough time to process information, and they also offered frequent breaks to keep her from getting overwhelmed.

Supporting a gifted child with a learning disability demands patience and flexibility in methods and systems, but it is entirely achievable when you have a comprehensive plan and a supportive team. Finding the right balance is key, providing an environment in which your child can flourish and grow.

Best wishes in your efforts to help your child thrive.


Hey there,

I have a child who was in a similar situation. She was gifted in art but struggled with dysgraphia, which made it challenging for her to hold and control pencils and paintbrushes. But we were able to support her talents while also helping her overcome her challenges.

We enrolled her in art programs outside of school that offered adaptive technology to help her create art. This allowed her to express her creativity without feeling limited by her disabilities.

We also worked closely with her teacher, who helped us come up with individualized accommodations that fit her learning style. This included reading and writing assignments to her or typing on a computer instead of writing by hand.

It is important to recognize your child's strengths and limitations, and find ways to tailor their learning experience to meet their needs. They should feel challenged and stimulated while also feeling supported and accommodated.

All the best in your journey of supporting your gifted child with disabilities.


Hello there,

I completely understand your situation, as I have a daughter who is also in a similar state. My daughter is gifted in math but has ADHD, which makes it difficult for her to concentrate and stay focused. We had to come up with ways to help her hone her math talent while managing her condition.

To support her, we involved her in a group math program outside of school. This helped challenge her math skills and kept her motivated to do more. Additionally, we found a private teacher who understood her learning disorder and created personalized lessons that allowed her to learn in a comfortable environment.

Another helpful tip was defining a specific learning routine that catered to her learning style. This included a comfortable learning environment, breaking down math assignments into smaller manageable assignments, and creating a structured study schedule.

Ultimately, finding the right balance between challenging and supporting your child's abilities and limitations is vital to their success. Seek advice from teachers and other experts, as they can provide valuable insights on helpful strategies.

I hope this helps, and I wish you all the best.


Hi there,

I can totally relate to your situation because I have been in the same boat with my child. My son is also gifted but has dyslexia, which made learning to read and write a challenge. But I have found a few strategies that have been effective for us.

Firstly, getting an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place with the school was a huge help. This plan helped us to articulate how the school could support him in his areas of difficulty while also challenging him in his areas of strength.

Secondly, we have found that using technology has been helpful for my son. We purchased a reading app that would read the text out loud to him while he followed along, and this helped him improve his reading skills.

Lastly, having regular communication and feedback from his teacher and educational therapist enabled us to make adjustments and tailor his learning experience to meet his needs.

Just remember that every child is different, and what works for us might not work for you. But I hope this helps and wish you all the best in supporting your child.

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