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Part 5 of a 6 Part Series about Dyslexia

Here is part 5 of my 6 part series of facts about dyslexia. If you have any questions, you can comment here or send me an email at jacobhammackracing@hotmail.com.

 

Helping a dyslexic learn:

 

1. The most important step in helping a dyslexic learn is to educate yourself. Attend conferences, read books and network with others who have been where you are now.

 

2. Talk to your child about being dyslexic and BE HONEST. Tell them what you have learned and keep it positive. Make sure they understand they are NOT stupid.

 

3. Keep your expectations high. Do not use dyslexia as an excuse. Be supportive and encouraging.

 

4. Find out what non-academic skill your child has and do everything you can to help develop this area of expertise.

 

5. Understand that there are going to be “off days” where your child is overwhelmed and frustrated. Help your child recognize these days and develop strategies to manage their frustration. Share reading, you write what they dictate, or put off some of the work load for a better day.

 

6. Be a strong advocate for your child. Get right in the middle of their education, educate their instructors on what works for your child. You can start with the following suggestions. Use what works, drop what doesn’t–

 

–Use a whole body, multi-sensory approach to learning. Touch, sight, movement, sound.

 

–Explicit, systematic phonics can actually help “rewire” the brain. Check out the Orton-Gillingham approach to learning.

 

–Have tests given orally to your child and be sure the tests are not timed. This adds pressure to your child.

 

–Give only a few instructions at a time. Too many become confusing. Have your child’s teacher write out assignments for your child.

 

–Work in small bursts of time with breaks in between to give their minds a rest.

 

–Share reading. You read one page, your child reads one page.

 

–Allow your child to sit where they are comfortable, even if that’s on the floor.

 

–If your child wants some noise while doing homework, allow them to play music. For some dyslexics, this is actually helpful.

 

–Understand that even if they appear to not be listening, they are.

 

–Constant, positive reinforcement is a must.

 

–Find reading material that peaks their interest.

 

–Provide a modern-day dyslexic role model for your child. Knowing they are not alone really helps.

 

–Request classroom note takers for your child. Even having the teacher provide an outline of the lesson helps.

 

–audio books accompanied by the written book your child can follow along with is helpful. If you can’t find one, record your child’s book yourself.

 

–Read to your child everyday!!

 

–One of the strongest resources is to encourage your child’s teacher to have the children work in pairs or small groups. If the whole class is involved, your child won’t feel singled out.

7. Keep a sense of humor. Learning is a challenge for any child, but more so for a dyslexic child. They need laughter. Laughter is the best medicine, right?

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