Children with dyslexia have a different way of processing information than their non-dyslexic classmates. Their ability to learn is the same, but it can often be more challenging and take longer. For parents of dyslexic children it can be a worry to think they might be left behind or struggling.
As parents, we want to give our children all the guidance and tools possible to help them be happy and achieve in school. With the right SEN programme in place and support from parents and tutors, children with dyslexic are capable of learning and becoming high achievers.
Ideas for Parents
Using touch and smell, as well as the usual sight and hearing, can help children retain information using different parts of the brain. Writing words with pasta or glitter glue can help them focus on the words for longer, how letters are formed and the sounds they create. Getting outside can often help dyslexic children as well, why not try skipping while practicing spellings or jumping for each letter.
One of the best assistive pieces of technology I have come across is the hand held spell checker. As a phonetic speller myself, I was always struggling to spell words correctly. I knew it wasn’t right but couldn’t figure out the correct way to write it. The handheld spell checker changes your phonetic spelling to the correct way. For example if you typed in ‘fizix’ it would change to ‘physics’.
The prices can range from £10 to £50 depending on extra features you might want for your child. However I found that the cheaper one works great for its purpose and is easily available from Argos.
Nothing will excite children more than playing games and they can be very beneficial for children with dyslexia. For students that struggle with literacy Help Educational Games offer a range of games to be played on the child favourite device (weather it be iPad or PC). These help learners understand sounds that make up words and other literacy topics than many dyslexic learners struggle with. The competitive element and easy to navigate design are perfect for engaging children in small bursts of learning which are often the most beneficial.
Working with the School
Having a good relationship with your child’s school is one of the most important elements to their success. Since all children with dyslexia are different and require specific needs, finding what works best for them can be a long task. Updating teachers and SENCO’s on what you have found most successful at home and vice versa can mean that children get the correct support earlier on in their school life.
Many dyslexic children struggle with homework because of the time it takes. Asking teachers for the homework schedule a month or so before can help you start to look up the topics and introduce them into everyday life for a little extra help when it comes up later on.
All children are unique and require individual resources and support. Finding this can be difficult but trying these few ideas and more can help children find the way that best helps them learn to be happy and achieve in school.