Being a parent of a child with dyslexia can be hard, but you can support your dyslexic child in many different ways, which will make a positive difference to their life.
- Never blame anyone. Dyslexia is not a condition that someone causes or chooses, it is just a part of life. There is nothing that you could have done to prevent it. The best thing you can do is to accept it and be positive about it.
- Make sure you talk to your child about being dyslexic and explain to them they are not stupid and explain how it may affect them through a typical school day and what they can do to overcome these problems.
- One of best ways to support your child is to read to them. This has a number of advantages to your child, such as helping them to develop a larger vocabulary, learning to enjoy reading. They will hear words pronounced properly and it gives them access to material that other children take for granted.
- Watch TV together and talk about what is taking place on TV.
- Make sure your child has places where they can relax, such as their bedroom, because if you allow your child to do homework within the bedroom and it causes stress, they will associate the bedroom with stress, so allow the bedroom to be a chill area.
- Help them develop organisational skill when it comes to homework, try to encourage them to make a to-do list for their homework.
- Pack school bags the night before, this will help them in the morning and assist them with becoming more organised in the long term.
- To improve study skills, encourage them to make notes, mind map, coloured cards, and highlight key words within documents.
- Break down homework into small tasks making it easy for them to focus on small chunks of work.
- Always praise your child.