For a parent of a child with a learning disability, finding a fun, educational resource that’s low on frustration can pose a challenge. While there are countless online games and learning resources to choose from, not all are suited to a child with a learning disability. Since learning disabilities vary greatly, keep in mind that not every resource listed will be a match for your child. It would be best to choose one that builds on an area your child is working to improve. Then, let them have input on what learning resource looks appealing to them.
Do2Learn is a great resource that provides tons of fun educational resources, and many help with social skills, behavioral regulation and memory aids. Their Academics section is full of interactive games that help youth improve their skills. These include fine motor skill development, language development, mathematics, learning strategies, literacy and more. They also provide parents with an educational page on learning disabilities.
Ababa Soft has a free section of games made exclusively for children with learning disabilities. Their main focus is on memory, logic and literacy. They cover short-term, long-term, auditory and visual memory skills with games relying on sound, pairing, sequencing, color and more. They also put different spins on traditional games like Dominoes and Labyrinth which help children with logic. Additionally, a series of word games improve reading speed.
Made in collaboration with Garfield creator Jim Davis, Pearson Digital Learning created Professor Garfield to help children with difficulties in math and reading. Players can enjoy games like G-Cubed and Brain Busters, and if the creative bug hits them, learn how to draw at their own pace with a video series led by Jim Davis. Also, Professor Garfield lets children connect with others with learning disabilities.
Shiny Learning provides a series of switch-access games (games played using minimal movement) that you can try for seven days. Used to improve motor skills, Shiny Learning’s selection builds on timing, coordination, memory and more. Created by a team of teachers, designers and programmers, Shiny Learning continues to update its catalog of games to reach the needs of children with learning disabilities.
While there are a host of fun, online resources to choose from, these four can be a great starting point for your child to have fun learning. If you’re interested in receiving more help with your child in school, KVC Kentucky provides behavioral health services in-home or at-school to help with your child’s needs, instead of having to come to our offices.