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Helping Parents Advocate for Their Children with Learning Disabilities

Episode 4 of the Parent Engagement Webinar Series, produced in partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.


Welcome to webinar #4 in the 5-part webinar series on parent engagement, developed for the 1charter members of the Grade-Level Reading Communities Network, a key community-based effort of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (opens in a new window). The Parent Engagement series is produced by Reading Rockets in partnership with the Campaign.


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Research and Reports

Tip Sheets and Articles for Parents from Reading Rockets

Target the Problem

Target the Problem is an interactive online tool from Reading Rockets designed to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. Parents can find practical suggestions on what they (and the kids themselves) can do to help overcome or deal with their reading difficulties.

Put Downs and Comebacks

Put Downs and Comebacks is an online tool from Reading Rockets to help a parent respond to some of the negative feelings their child might express about their struggles. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re struggling with reading, for example. This tool can help parents discover a child’s “put downs” may mean and what “comebacks” you can say or do to encourage a child to keep trying.

LD OnLine

LD OnLine (opens in a new window) is a goldmine of research-based information about learning disabilities and ADHD. Here you’ll find a comprehensive library of resources for educators, LD advocates, families, and children with learning disabilities.

Rick Lavoie

Rick Lavoie (opens in a new window) is one of the strongest voices for children with LD. A popular author and speaker about learning disabilities, Lavoie helps parents learn how to advocate for and support their children with LD. Rick is probably best known for his videos How Difficult Can This Be: The F.A.T. City Workshop, Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities, and When the Chips are Down. LD OnLine features a library of articles and book excerpts (opens in a new window) authored by Lavoie.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

NICHCY (opens in a new window) is an excellent resource for communities, parents, and educators about programs and services for children with disabilities.


Launching Young Readers: Advocating for Your Child

These four clips highlight how parents are learning to become effective advocates for their struggling learners. The clips are excerpted from our PBS shows Empowering Parents and Adventures in Summer Learning. Browse the full library of Launching Young Readers.

Webcast: Making Parents Partners

In this webcast from Reading Rockets, Karen L. Mapp, Susan Hall, and Tom Bowman discuss the powerful effects of getting parents involved in their child’s school and academic development. Watch the intro clip with Dr. Mapp below or watch the full webcast.