3 Ways to Support Your Child With Dyslexia at Home


Dyslexia is no indication of intelligence whatsoever. This condition is simply a disorder that prevents people from being able to scan and interpret words, letters, and symbols in the correct order. But when you have a child with dyslexia and they struggle with their studies as a result, they can often feel like this has something to do with their intelligence when it doesn't. This is why it is extremely important to give your child as much support in the home as possible. Here are three ways you can help your child.

Choose dyslexic friendly childcare. First of all, you should accept that your child's time at home doesn't mean that you will necessarily always be there. For working parents, including many parents of dyslexic children, it is necessary to invest in childcare. At school, your child should have specialist attention to help with their condition, but not every childcare professional will be trained in working with dyslexic kids. Inquire about their qualifications and experience before hiring, and also ask interview questions such as "What would you do to help my child if they feel frustrated when struggling to read a homework task?" If somebody inexperienced is hired, they could make your child's frustration with reading and comprehension worse without meaning to do so.

Have open discussions at home. Fostering lines of open communication within the family is always going to be a good thing, but when you know that your child faces specific challenges, it can be especially useful. Let your child know that while their dyslexia is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, they should never feel guilty about being frustrated, as that's a normal part of growing up as a dyslexic kid. You can encourage an open line of communication by regularly asking questions about their feelings and by sharing your own difficulties with learning so they don't feel like they are battling anything alone.

Create a reading space. Environments can change the ways that people learn enormously. If there is a spare nook in your child's bedroom that could be transformed into a designated reading space, this will encourage your child to read more frequently. Deck it out with comfortable cushions and bean bags, and install a library of different types of books so that your child will always be able to find something they want to read. You can also use this space together for paired reading activities. With your support, your child will relish the activity much more.


22 September 2015

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