A major resource for parents and professionals.
— Robert Brooks, PhD
A thoughtful and empathetic book…[Daniel] emanates positivity and patience.
— Sally Shaywitz, MD
Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities stands head and shoulders above the rest.
— Rick Lavoie, MEd
In this gem of a book, Franklin arms parents with the knowledge and strategies they need.
— Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, PhD
This book is essential for parents
— Judy Ho, PhD
This comprehensive book is a marvel
— Dorothy Ungerleider, MA, BCET
A great resource for parents and education professionals.
— Michael Spagna, PhD


Children with language-based learning disabilities—such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and processing disorders—may have to work twice as hard to keep up with their peers in school. They may also have feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, or shame as a result of their learning differences. The good news is that there are proven strategies parents can use to help
their children excel.

Based on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, education, and parenting practices, Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities offers parents tools and practices to help their children transcend language-based learning disabilities, do better in school, and gain self-confidence.

In this book, parents will discover new perspectives, techniques, and tips for helping their children navigate life at school and at home. Most importantly, parents will learn how a relationship-based approach, that prioritizes their own special bonds with their children, can reignite enthusiasm for learning and promote success. With this groundbreaking guide, parents can help their children thrive, academically and beyond.

Praise for Helping Your Child With Language-Based Learning Disabilities

Daniel Franklin has written a truly remarkable book about children with language-based learning disabilities. His work contains not only clear descriptions of different problems faced by children and adolescents with learning problems, but also realistic strategies for addressing these problems. I was especially impressed with Franklin’s understanding of and empathy for children who struggle with learning as well as for their parents, teachers, and other professionals who work with them. I found Franklin to be skilled at presenting the importance of helping youngsters to become more independent without prematurely removing the supports that they require to navigate life’s challenges. This book will serve as a major resource for parents and professionals—to be read and re-read.
— Robert Brooks, PhD, coauthor of Raising Resilient Children
Daniel’s advice takes into consideration first and foremost the child’s feelings and preferences and works to bring parents and their struggling child onto the same plane. The author understands and emphasizes the importance of early identification and intervention and that there are no magical bullets but that practice and more practice pay off. Franklin, too, emanates positivity and patience, stressing kindness to children who have been exposed to more than their share of shaming and corrective input from adults.
— Sally E. Shaywitz, MD, author of Overcoming Dyslexia
Parents of children with special needs are on a journey they didn’t ask to take. There are many books that provide an aerial photograph of this voyage. Helping Your Child With Language-based Learning Disabilities stands head-and-shoulders above the rest by offering a roadmap, a compass, a walking stick, and some snacks along the way. Daniel Franklin’s experience, wisdom, and sensitivity shine through on every page. He can lead a concerned parent from feeling that ‘my child is a problem’ to the profound understanding that ‘my child has a problem—and I can help.
— Richard D. Lavoie, MA, MEd, author of The Motivation Breakthrough
Children who struggle with language-related learning issues, and their families, face the daunting prospect of navigating an education system that is not aligned to their unique neurobiological profiles. In this gem of a book, Franklin arms parents with the knowledge and strategies they need to support and advocate for their unique child—not just in learning to read or calculate but in developing to their full potential as a whole and happy human being. There are no quick fixes or magic beans here—the information presented amounts to a practical, reliable, and sensitively written guide.
— Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, PhD, professor of education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education; associate professor of psychology at USC's Brain and Creativity Institute; author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience
Daniel Franklin provides practical steps to help children with language-based learning disabilities succeed not only at school, but also at life. His helpful advice is accessible, clear, and instructive; at the same time, it is supportive and empathetic. This book is essential for parents who struggle with how best to equip their children with the skills they need to navigate educational challenges. Franklin also teaches parents how to foster positivity and confidence in their children.
— Judy Ho, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, a two-time board diplomate of American Board of Professional Psychology and the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, and a tenured associate professor of psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Ho regularly appears on television networks including CNN, CBS, and Fox as an expert psychologist.
This is a truly human book for parents overwhelmed by the world of experts, incomprehensible advice, and reports they don’t understand. Franklin writes, ‘Your relationship is more important than schoolwork.’ Imagine! If parents learn nothing more than this, they will have learned the essence of how to help their struggling child. This comprehensive book is a marvel that will help struggling parents breathe a whole lot easier.”
— Dorothy Ungerleider, MA, BCET, founder of the Association of Educational Therapists and author of Reading, Writing, and Rage and Educational Therapy in Action
This book is an outstanding resource not only for parents of children with language-based learning difficulties, but also for parents more generally. Written in a highly accessible way, it provides a warm, positive, and encouraging approach for supporting children through strong relationships between parents and children and between families and educators.
— Amanda Datnow, PhD, professor of education at the University of California, San Diego
Daniel Franklin’s remarkable book offers parents a wealth of strategies they can use to support their struggling children. Franklin’s suggestions are easy to implement and create a common language for parents and professionals. His compassionate approach will inspire and empower families, and provide students with hope and optimism. This is a must-read for anyone helping a child navigate the challenges of school and life.
— Richard L. Goldman, MEd , teacher, administrator, and college professor with over forty years’ experience in language-based learning disabilities and educational consulting
Helping your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities is a great resource for parents and education professionals. Dr. Franklin provides the understanding (and tools) necessary for parents to more effectively meet the learning needs of their children. The other great accomplishment of this book is its focus on education as a means to an end—that a positive educational experience can help children grow into adults who are successful and who thrive in their life pursuits
— Michael E. Spagna, PhD, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Dominguez Hills