When a child is a reluctant reader, there can be many reasons for it, one of which is dyslexia. This learning disorder, in which people have a difficult time recognizing and arranging patterns in letters or numbers, can be crippling to those who have not yet learned to cope with it. This does not, however, mean that dyslexic kids can’t learn to read. Here are some ways that parents can help dyslexic children read and increase their learning and academic opportunities.
The first thing that parents can do to help dyslexic children read is to understand the disorder. Know that the condition is not your fault, nor is it your child’s. You didn’t create dyslexia in your child, nor did you fail to do something to prevent it. Dyslexia is a learning disability that occurs in some people. Blaming yourself or others only hurts; it does not help.
The second thing you can do is be open and honest with your child. Seek counseling if necessary, but talk to your child about their dyslexia and be honest about the effects it will have. Acknowledge that it will make some things tougher, but stress that together you can overcome it. Encourage your child to work to face and defeat the hurdles that dyslexia puts in their path.
The more time you spend just talking with your child, the better their communication skills will become, and the better they will be able to let you know about difficulties they face. They will also develop language skills that will help them read better.
Read To Your Child
Read to your child as often as possible. As your child listens to you read, they will build their vocabulary, understand how words are pronounced and punctuated and how sentences are structured. They will improve their imagination so that they develop a passion for stories and literature and will want to learn to read on their own, however difficult it may be for them.
Read With Your Child
As your child’s love of reading grows, they will eventually want to explore doing it for themselves. If they are dyslexic, this will be a challenge for them. This is why it is important to transition from reading to your child into reading together. Sit with your child while they read and encourage them to read aloud with you. This will help you to address problem words and phrases and together you can come up with ways to encourage and help them.
Library of Literature
Have a broad variety of reading materials available for your child. If your ability to keep lots of books at home is limited, take them to the local library, which not only has tons of books, but may have lots of resources for learning and literature. The library is your best resource for reading skills!
Interactive eBooks can also be a great way to add visuals that help dyslexic children read. These can be a great tool for overcoming hurdles related to learning disabilities. Look at the free eBooks we have available, then check out our other early literacy tools.