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Think: 3 Tips For Explaining To Children That They Have A Learning Disability


Some of the kids heading back to school this week learn differently than their classmates. David Flink knows what that’s like – he was diagnosed as a child with both dyslexia and ADHD. Today on Think, he talked to Krys Boyd about how to inform kids that they have a learning disability.

Among his suggestions:

- Use simple terms (though it's important to actually use "dyslexia," "ADHD" etc.)

- Explain that these conditions are very common

- Inform the child of well-known people who also have the condition to show that it's possible to accomplish big things despite having a learning disability

David Flink’s book is called Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities. Think re-airs tonight at 9, or listen to the podcast.

Stephen Becker is executive producer of the "Think with Krys Boyd," which airs on more than 200 stations across the country. Prior to joining the Think team in 2013, as part of the Art&Seek team, Stephen produced radio and digital stories and hosted "The Big Screen" — a weekly radio segment about North Texas film — with Chris Vognar.