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10 ways to help your child with Dyslexia read

Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that affects a persons ability to read, write and spell. It is a common learning disability that primarily affects the skills involved in language processing.

People with dyslexia have difficulty with phonological processing, which is the ability to identify and manipulate the sounds into words.

Here are 10 things you can do to help your child learn to read.

  1. Early identification

If you suspect that your child has dyslexia you will want to seek help and advice from the local authority and get an assessment from a qualified professional.

2. Multi-sensory approach

You can use visuals, audio and kinesthetic approaches to teach. Reading activities involving seeing, hearing and touching letters and words and using textured letters and audio recordings to follow along.

3. Phonics instruction

People with Dyslexia benefit from explicit and systemic phonics instruction. The relationship between sounds and letters, focusing on phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate sounds in words).

4. Structured literacy programs

Teach reading in a structured sequential and cumulative manner, addressing specific needs of a learner.

5. Break down into smaller steps

Help to reduce overwhelm and build confidence. Start with shorter texts or focus on reading individual words before moving to longer sentences or paragraphs.

6. Provide additional support

Assistive technology or tools that can aid reading. This can include text to speech software, audio books or colored overlays to reduce visual stress.

7. Build vocabulary and background knowledge

read allowed regularly, expose them to a variety of books, topics and genres. Encourage discussions about the stories and ask open ended questions to promote comprehension.

8. Encourage reading for pleasure

Allow them to choose books based on preferences and encourage them to read for pleasure.

Make reading enjoyable and rewarding by creating a cozy reading corner, go to book clubs or visit the library.

9. Provide emotional support

Dyslexia can affect a child's self-esteem and confidence. Offer emotional support and encouragement, celebrate progress no matter how small and focus on their unique skills and talents

10. Collaborate with educators

Maintain open communication with teachers and educational professionals. collaborate on strategies and interventions that can support reading at school and at home.


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