Dyslexia is a condition which causes a person to have trouble with language in several different forms. If your child is dyslexic, he or she may have a lower vocabulary than other children in the same age range, trouble expressing him or herself, experience struggles with reading and may frequently mispronounce words.
Does your child or student have difficulty reading?
Act as early as possible
If you notice any signs your child may have dyslexia, discuss your concerns as early as possible with your child’s pediatrician and teachers. The sooner you take proactive steps to help your child’s unique learning experience and mental growth, the better he or she will be able to overcome any future obstacles.
Be patient and encouraging.
Your child may be slower than his or her peers at spelling or reading and will often get frustrated and discouraged. Be patient and allow plenty of time for homework completion. Be sure to praise him or her for the smallest successes as well as for putting in hard work and effort.
The emphasis on praise rather than correction will greatly help with your child’s self-esteem and confidence.
Get creative with the learning process
As well as speaking with teachers about your child’s educational needs, there are things you can do at home as well. Highlighting the visual aspects of learning will accelerate a dyslexic child’s overall comprehension rate and learning speed in the forms of colourful pictures, puzzles and games.
Break things down into small steps so that your child will not be overwhelmed. For example, have your child conceal a word beneath a finger or a piece of paper and gradually uncover it while reading it carefully aloud.
Help with reading
A lot of dyslexic children are reluctant to read on their own. Listening to audiobooks with your child or reading aloud to him or she is a great way to encourage interest in reading without the discouraging struggles your child would experience reading alone.
Decodable books are also a very useful way to help your child in the process of learning how to read. A decodable book is a book for a beginning or struggling reader which contains words she or he can sound out.
When your child feels ready to begin reading alone, you can aid initially by allowing your child to read slowly aloud and help him or her to pronounce the difficult words. With a solid foundation of confidence, your child will be far more likely to pick up a book on their own in the future.
Your child may also enjoy alternative forms of reading such as comic books or graphic novels. The minimal text and abundance of colourful illustrations can serve as a fantastic way to keep the attention and interest of a child who may otherwise shy away from traditional reading.
Get a tutor
Depending on the severity of your child’s struggles, it may be helpful to get a tutor specialising in teaching dyslexic children to help your child with his or her individual learning process.
Although dyslexia will never fully disappear, there is no need to let it stop your child from learning effectively and overcoming difficulties. Be patient and encouraging as your child learns and most of all, keep things fun and light-hearted.