Helping Students with Learning Disabilities to Keep Focus

Being disabled isn’t a choice, and if it could have been a choice, then automatically, there would be no disabled person. Disability cuts across all spheres and a person can be disabled physically, emotionally, among many other forms of disability. We are going to consider how students with learning disabilities can be helped to focus on their strengths. According to our friends at, there are many different proven ways in which students with learning disabilities can be assisted. The language used with disabled students and the mode of teaching depicts a lot and determines how the students will focus on their strengths rather than failures.  

Students who are not good in books or are disabled from the learning aspect should be much helped to pursue their strengths with passion. But this doesn’t come automatically and instead requires a consistent observation of how they handle their academic issues. As an instructor or teacher, maintain a close examination of areas that are perfect for the student and advise on the areas that need some form of polishing. The realization of areas the students are weak in helps them work smart to improve in every aspect, be it mentality, attitude, or how they conduct themselves. 

There are some disabilities associated with learning, and these affect students in focusing on their strengths. Consider a dyslexic student. This student will always have difficulties in concentrating and pursuing strengths in the field of learning. In helping such students focus on their strengths to achieve their desired goal, teachers and instructors should try to understand how the brain of such a student works.  

Students with learning disabilities will often hold negative beliefs, which in turn brings low achievements. But labeling of such students is likely going to bring low self-esteem and expectations among them. These tips will, therefore, guide every student instructor to pursue positive ways of helping students with learning disabilities to focus on their strengths. 

Avoid focusing on labels

It is a better practice to avoid labels at all costs when handling students with learning disabilities. There are various ways to do this, and these ways include: explaining to the student why labels are required, using person-centered language, and use of less stigmatizing communication.

Always focus on the student’s strengths 

It is a beautiful practice to direct your focus on the students’ strengths rather than always focusing on the weaker side of them. By doing this, students with learning disabilities will still feel good about themselves and develop a passion for learning more and more. It is, therefore, through this that these learners will aspire to achieve greater things hence redirecting their minds to focus on strengths. Instructors or teachers should also develop the art of using a specific language when addressing students with disabilities. Through this, the mindset of the student grows gradually because of the availability of a conducive environment for learning.  

Enhancing self-awareness and advocacy skills.  

Apart from focusing on the strengths of the students, teachers can also cultivate other strengths they need to be successful in the child. Having a disability in learning is not a guarantee that affected students will always struggle in all their learning sessions. They should be subjected to proper and considerable education in the fields with weaknesses.   


Focusing on strengths for students with learning disabilities should not be underpinned. Let the teacher the students themselves have self-awareness of the areas they are strong in and also the areas they are weak in. With consistent help by tapping into the students’ potential, the outcome is going to be a generation of students with learning disabilities who are focused on their strengths.