What are the signs your child may have dyslexia?
According to the DSM-5, “dyslexia is 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.” Dyslexia does not only affect reading. Math reasoning, writing, handwriting, sequencing, and socialization are other areas that are implicated.
A child that has dyslexia may have difficulty with:
- Accurate word recognition
- Reading fluency
- Spelling accuracy
- Decoding abilities
- Reading comprehension
If you have concerns that your child might have dyslexia, you need to reach out to a professional. Share observations and ask if an assessment is necessary.
Teaching your child how to share their needs
If your child is diagnosed with a learning disability, explain the disability to your child, including how it can be dealt with.
One way to approach this is to emphasize the differences in all individuals. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. In the same way a child excels at sports, another child might struggle in the arts. Encourage your child to share their talents in addition to their areas of difficulty.
Children should be told about their learning disability and be given the skills to educate others.
Avoid openly expressing frustration with your child. Instead, acknowledge that you know it is hard for your child, and assure your child that you are going to find the best methods to help him learn.
Finding a learning program to suit your child’s needs
There are many well-researched and successful programs on the market today 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?
Here are a few programs we particularly like:
Whether you’re homeschooling or looking to supplement learning for a child with dyslexia, this Fun-Schooling Minecraft Curriculum is a perfect method for kids who need to move around to learn. It uses the Dyslexie Font to make reading and learning easier for students with dyslexia. If your child can read and write at the 2nd grade level, he will be able to use this book as his primary curriculum.
Touch-Type Read and Spell
This typing program is is a cumulative, multi-sensory online course teaches touch-typing to help children improve their 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. The typing course is designed to make students feel successful as they learn in sequential steps delivered at the right pace for the learner.
Times Tales is highly recommended by many parents of children with dyslexia and even a leading dyslexia specialist, Susan Barton, for children having trouble memorizing their multiplication tables. The Times Tales DVD teaches kids the upper times tables without rote memorization. Students can simply follow along with the entertaining story while learning their multiplication tables. As they progress, they’ll be guided into associating the stories they’ve learned with real math. The stories and visuals that Times Tales uses to teach multiplication tables are noted as the two most important components of the program to helping children with dyslexia.