What are the Signs of Dyslexia?
The DSM-5 defines dyslexia as “an alternative term used to refer to a pattern of learning difficulties characterized by problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor decoding, and poor spelling abilities.” It’s important to note that dyslexia does not only affect reading. It may also affect math, writing, handwriting, sequencing, and even socialization.
If you recognize characteristics of dyslexia in your child, you should consult a professional. Share your concerns, and ask if an assessment is in order.
If You Receive a Diagnosis
Acknowledge that you know this disability is difficult for your child, and assure him that you’re going to find the best methods and resources to help him learn.
Finding Educational Resources
There are many well-researched and successful programs that target dyslexia. Ask a professional about the best approach to take with your child. Does your child require a more hands-on program, or an auditory-based program? Would your child benefit from a combination of these techniques?
In addition to reaching out to professionals, talk to homeschoolers, reach out to teachers you may know, and of course, research on your own. When it comes to finding the right curriculum/resources for your child, there’s no such thing as information overload.
Here are a few dyslexia-friendly resources we’d like to share with you –
Fun-Schooling Minecraft uses the Dyslexie Font, which makes reading easier for dyslexic kids. Plus, this is a great curriculum for kids who learn best when moving (kinesthetic learners). If your child can read and write at the 2nd grade level, he can use this book as his primary curriculum.
Times Tales uses stories and visuals to teach multiplication tables, which works especially well for kids with dyslexia. This product is highly recommended by many parents of dyslexic children, and by Susan Barton, a leading specialist in the field.
This typing program is is an online course that teaches touch-typing, while also improving reading and spelling skills. It is especially useful for children with dyslexia in that it is highly structured and based on the Orton Gillingham approach, which applies audio, visual and tactile techniques.
In addition, you can find many more resources that have been proven to work well for dyslexia here.