Dyslexia is a reading disorder in which the brain does not correctly recognize and decode certain letters and symbols. Living with this disorder makes reading a challenge, but many parents are able to help their children improve their reading skills by staying positive and utilizing alternative learning methods.
Dyslexia is not an indicator of intelligence:
Many people who have this disorder possess average or above average intelligence. However, because it affects basic reading and comprehensive abilities, it can be hard for dyslexic students to keep up in school. It is important that you help your child understand that being dyslexic does not mean that he or she is less intelligent.
Kids will benefit from parent involvement:
Use reading as a bonding activity and read aloud together. Find fun, interactive texts that make reading less of a chore and more of a fun activity.
Work with your child’s teachers:
Open lines of communication with your child’s teacher to discuss ways that he or she can accommodate your child’s abilities. For instance, during presentations and activities where students read aloud, dyslexic students may have trouble being put on the spot. Having time to work with and memorize selected passages will help your child become more confident when speaking in front of the class.
Utilize extra learning assistance:
Many dyslexic children benefit from private tutoring and literacy programs. Positive reinforcement from individualized learning can improve your child’s reading skills and boost his or her grades. These extra programs also identify the best study methods to help your child achieve success.
To learn more about how literacy programs can help your child, contact the Literacy and Language Center. Our experienced staff can help children struggling with dyslexia and other learning disabilities reach their full potential in school and beyond. Contact us online or call (415) 242-1205.