“Dyslexia”, what a heavy term. But let me tell you that dyslexia isn’t-an illness, it’s something that stays with the child for life, but with the right help and strategies, the challenges associated with dyslexia can be brought under control.
When you come to know that your child has dyslexia, you would want to do everything possible for your child and you are pulled in multiple directions. Do not panic. It’s not the end of the world. Dyslexia is not a reflection of a child’s intelligence — instead, it’s a gap between a student’s ability and their achievements.
To all you parents who are struggling every day, I have a few strategies that would help you and your child to excel, although remember, it will be at their own pace. Remember only you can do the best for your child and cut yourself some slack in how much you can help. Remember that the thing of utmost importance is that you know it’s there and never stop trying to make the child feel wanted and loved.
Here are a few additional strategies that you could use only if it’s appropriate for your child, as every child is different:
1.Foster Reasoning Skills
Stimulate reasoning skills that support your child in becoming an independent and active learner instead of a passive learner. Encourage curiosity. Keep the child engaged with basic problem solving and decision-making skills.
2. Occupy them with “More of Reading”
Ask your child questions like: What is it that is happening in the story? Do you know who the main character is? Anything peculiar or funny that you found about in the story? Have you read something like this before? Is there anything that you already know? Are you facing difficulty anywhere?
3. Make them do things independently
While making them do things independently, make sure you monitor those things from a distance and not very closely. Later on, you can also ask them to show how they have done it or ask about the strategy or how they drew something or can be asked to describe what they have painted.
4. Help your child break the work into smaller parts
When given a task, start from the very first day till the due date, but allow him/her to do the task or the work in portions which will not only keep him engaged and doing little each day will also keep him motivated. After a few repetitions, he might just want to do it in a day or two’s time; give him that independence or the liberty.
5. Praise your child for the little achievements as well
Appropriate praise and rewards, especially from the people at home, mean a lot to the child. Take opportunities to acknowledge their effort and persuade the positives where you can, whether it’s for trying hard or pulling off a notable goal, or finally taking that step that they struggled to master.
6. Ensure they get enough sleep
This is applicable, whether the child has dyslexia or not. A well-nourished and well-rested child learns better, so get them to bed in good time so they wake up fresh. A good night’s sleep boosts confidence. Discussing information right before bed can aid retention, so stimulate the same.
7. Establish some ground rules
If you have a set goal for a work to be completed or have agreed with one goal with the child’s teacher, don’t let the child turn on the television or be distracted by a phone. You as a parent, have to take charge and have to set clear expectations. Make them understand that choosing not to finish work on time is also them choosing not to enjoy certain privileges. Learn to be consistent and be clear in setting rules. Let them know that this is what is expected out of them, even if it takes a few days for the message to sink in.
All of these can be used to construct a strong support system for the child and to let them know that they can do this. No child is the same, so you as a parent will need to try out different things to find the methods and tools that work the best for your child. Patience is the key to everything and at the end of the day, parents are the support that a child needs on his way to becoming an independent man or woman.
For everything else:
Where there is a will, there is a way.