Having a good understanding of the type of difficulties caused by dyslexia will help you support your dyslexic child. After you have learned about dyslexia, explain it to your child. Knowing there is both a reason and a solution will help them to deal with it.
1. At the end of a day of reading and writing a child with dyslexia is exhausted.
This is because the brain is less efficient at processing letters and sounds so it has had to work much harder. When they get home give your child ‘down time’ to relax and switch off before attempting homework.
2. They may have good and bad days for no apparent reason.
Some days they can seem to remember then other days everything is forgotten.
Don’t despair with the right approach you will get there in the end.
3. Dyslexia affects everyone differently in many ways
After 100 years of research there is no one definition of dyslexia because it covers so many different areas. Lots of different skills are used to read, that is why it is so important to identify and understand an individual’s learning strengths and where there is a weakness.
Using an app like Dyslexia Quest will give a snapshot of six core learning areas strongly linked to dyslexia.
4. With the right help someone with dyslexia can learn to read and spell but they will never stop having dyslexia
It may take longer but most dyslexics learn to read and spell in the end. But they won’t stop being dyslexic!
Dyslexia is a neurological problem that affects other areas like remembering phone numbers, forgetting books, losing sports kit or remembering spoken instructions.
5. It will take them much longer to do reading and writing tasks
Ask the teacher how long they expect homework to take and explain that this is how long they will be working.
6. Dyslexia is passed on through families
Chances are that one of the child’s parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles has dyslexia.
DCDC2 is a dyslexia gene.
Can you think of anyone in your family who might have dyslexia?
7. Many with dyslexia have low self-esteem
Failing at school causes distress and to overcome the difficulties caused by dyslexia they have to start to believe in themselves again. Parents must praise every small accomplishment.
8. There are lots of different names for dyslexia
Dyslexia is a word that covers a range of difficulties. When tests are given they often only have time to look at a few specific areas so the report will identify this area with a different name. Here are some of the other words that all mean dyslexia.
Specific learning difficulty
Developmental reading disorder
Auditory processing disorder
Phonological processing deficit
Cognitive reading disorder
Visual processing difficulty
9. People with dyslexia are often creative
There are many ways this creativity can show its self. Ideas, music, acting, design, technology, art or even sports.
Focus upon things they are good at.
Praising even small achievements helps to maintain self-esteem.
10. Lots of people have dyslexia – its nothing to be ashamed of!
Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties.
At least 1 in ten people have dyslexia and some statistics suggest 1 in 5.
Yet many remain undiagnosed, untreated and struggling with the impact of their dyslexia.
More than 2 million people in the UK are severely affected.
Over 40 million American adults have dyslexia.
With determination and creative ideas many become successful after they have left school.