How to Support Your Dyslexic Child at School
It may be daunting to find out that your child is struggling with reading and writing but being diagnosed as dyslexic will ensure they get the right support.
There are a variety of ways that you, as a parent can help your child at home to increase their confidence with words.
Be Patient and Take Things Slowly
Take it slowly and give your child enough time to work out the word if they are reading, or to get the correct spelling if they are writing.
Make sure any work or books are at the correct level for your child. If the work is too difficult it will make your child give up and feel as though they have failed.
Make reading sessions short and sweet and give lots of praise and encouragement. Look out for signals that your child has had enough, such as yawning, although they may use certain signals as a way to get out of a reading or writing session. You know your own child so you will have to make a judgement as to whether to carry on a little longer or not.
Read aloud to your child as often as you can as this will help with their vocabulary.
Schedule regular visits to the local library with your child and make the visit fun. Let them choose their own book or comic even if you read to them while they follow.
Make sure there are no distractions and the work area at home is free from clutter.
Aids to Learning for Dyslexic Children
There are three ways of learning and they are visual, auditory and kinesthetic or tactile. Depending on what type of learner your child is, certain aids will benefit their learning experience.
Buy your child a big tub of brightly coloured magnetic plastic letters. These are great even for the older dyslexic child and are particularly useful if they are a kinesthetic learner which means they learn by touch and by doing practical tasks.
Visual learners will benefit from pictures and the use of colours to highlight the differences in words.
Auditory learners will enjoy listening to tapes and talking about words and books. In time you will get to know which type of learner your child is by noting how well they respond to each of the teaching methods.
Lots of praise and encouragement will help to motivate your child and build their confidence. To help with this, appropriate rewards can be great motivators. Wall charts with stickers to indicate achievements are good to keep the momentum going.
Some dyslexic children find it easier to read from coloured paper. The most useful colours are blue, green and pink but it could be any colour that makes it easier. You can get coloured transparent overlays to use at home.
Your child may find it easier to work on a computer. If this is the case, encourage it, but make sure they still practice handwriting and reading from paper.
Lined paper is best for dyslexic children when doing written work.