If you know a child with Dyslexia or if your child has been diagnosed with it, naturally, you will want to do all that you can to help them. However you may also feel like you are being pulled in so many different directions. Start by educating yourself as much as possible about Dyslexia which is a learning disability. When you see just how much you can do for your child, it may ease some of your fears and guide you to make more informed choices. Make sure that these sources for learning are trusted, such as those provided by your psychologist.
Work closely with your child’s teachers
Next, you’ll want to work closely with your child’s school to make sure all the right services and resources are in place. There should be a support team helping to create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child. This will provide classroom accommodations and extra support to facilitate learning. The sooner you start, the better it will be for your child.
Day to day life with dyslexia
You can support your child in many ways during daily life and not simply learning alone or schoolwork. Your support with give them confidence. For the child, it is tough to have to struggle at something that seems to come naturally to other kids their age and this is perhaps the tightest rope that you would ever walk too as their parent. You need to be firm about schoolwork and routine, but make sure to show constant love, support, and patience.
Reading and Dyslexia
Know your child’s strengths and weaknesses as no two children will be the same. There is no recipe to success but it usually take a lot of practice, love and routine consistency. Read a lot basically. Here are some ideas that you can try;
- Listen to audio books and have your child read along with them.
- Ensure they spend some time reading alone, both quietly and aloud.
- Re-read their favorite books. It may be a little boring for you, but it helps them learn.
- Take turns reading books aloud together.
- Talk about the stories you read together and ask questions like, “What do you think happens next?”
- Use schoolbooks, but you can also branch out into graphic novels and comic books. Reading things your child is interested in or excited about can be motivating.
Making learning fun can help with Dyslexia
- Make up songs, poems, and even dances to help remember things.
- Play word games.
- If your child is younger, use nursery rhymes and play silly rhyming games.