Giving Children an Optimal Start in Life
A learning expedition on how to most effectively raise children into happy adults


Every individual is unique with his own differences, his own talent, and his unique abilities. When we focus our attention on those unique abilities and nurture them, they could contribute to enrich the individual and humanity.

Awareness and Knowledge

People are in general more negative or reluctant for the unknown. When the unknown becomes know and one understands the situation, one becomes more proactive and judges less. One can concentrate on the positive sides and find solutions. This is the same with learning disabilities/differences, the more awareness and understanding the better for everyone.


  • There are few solutions which work well in all situations.
  • An unfitted solution provides only frustration to all parties.
  • It is easier to help or give assistants if we first understand.
  • People are more willing to accept assistance and to cooperate if they feel understood.


In general, it’s important to detect someone strengths (talent, abilities) as soon as possible. But it goes especially for children with learning disabilities/differences. So, we can adapt a learning strategy that suits ones abilities and strengths, and find the right approach to handle the weaknesses.

By concentrating on ones strengths, there is a change that positive, supportive and optimistic attitude follows by itself.

By nature, those abilities and strengths contribute to an optimal development of the individual; therefore a happy and contributed person to humanity.

"The real fear that I have for dyslexic people is not that they have to struggle with jumbled input or that they can't spell, but that they will quit on themselves before they get out of school. Parents have to create victories whenever they can, whether it's music, sports or art. You want your dyslexic child to be able to say: "Yeah, reading's hard. But I have these other things that I can do." Stephen J. Cannell. Newsweek Interview on Dyslexia, November 1999.

Unlock the Potential

To achieve this it's important how the child's environment behaves towards the learning disability.There are a few point we can keep in mind if we want to help the child in reaching his potential.

How to Detect a Learning Disability/Difference Yourself

If you doubt somebody or yourself could have a learning disability? Then the few suggestions on the page “How to Detect a Learning Disability" and "What to do Next” could give you a start.

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