What Parents Can Do

Read

  • Read to your child everyday for at least 15 minutes. By doing this you are providing an example of reading accurately and with expression. Mix up the genres, fiction, nonfiction, fairytales, poetry, nursery rhymes etc.
  • Increased exposure to books will also strenghten your child’s vocabulary and visual memory; the ability to store and retrieve information.

Activities

  • Involve your child in an extracurricular activity in which they can experience success such as sports, music, art or drama. This will build much needed self-confidence.

Mother helping son with homework.Homework

  • Create a quiet space for your child to complete his or her homework. Try to make homework time a routine, the same place and time each day. Create a homework incentive chart together and let your child add a sticker every time homework was completed. Consistency is key. Many children benefit from sensory stimulation in order to complete a task. You can find a variety of fidgets at www.therapro.com

Become involved

  • Educate yourself by reading related books and articles. Three valuable resources include:
  1. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz
  2. Learning Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
  3. From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam Wright and Pete Wright

School Accommodations

  • It is a good idea to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher before each school year. Come prepared to share facts about what dyslexia is, how it effects your child, and accomodations your child needs to succeed. These may include:
  • Extra time on assignments and tests
  • Technology Tools / Books on Tape
  • Teacher and / or peer class notes
  • Assignments graded for content – not grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Oral testing or reader / scribe
  • Preferential seating

Have your child come with you to these meetings so he or she can learn to advocate their needs. This will become more important in middle and high school when students are expected to take more initiative to talk with teachers about their needs.