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Helping Your Dyslexic Child Succeed

When teaching your children at home, you can encounter some tough moments. There will be times when your child refuses to do anything, when she gripes and complains, and worst of all, when she tries her best, but feels like a failure. When you are trying to educate your own kids, you are bound to be busy, stressed, and tired. If one of your children has dyslexia, you can multiply this by ten. Both you and she will encounter moments of intense frustration and feelings of hopelessness.

Children with dyslexia struggle to read, and because reading is a fundamental skill for learning, this can put the brakes on everything. If you have a child with dyslexia, you need to learn what that means and how to help her. With the right tools, both of you can succeed: her in reading, and you in teaching.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia, like any other learning disability [1], is a neurological disorder. It affects a wide variety of people and has nothing to do with intelligence. Dyslexics simply process and interpret information differently from people who do not have this disorder. The processing in the brain involved with dyslexia is specific to language. It occurs with differing severity and affects a person’s ability to read, write, spell, and communicate.

How Do You Know if Your Child is Dyslexic?

Only an education or neurological specialist can make an absolute diagnosis; however, there are many signs that you can look for. Watch for these in your children, especially those that struggle more with reading and writing. If you can catch the signs early, you can eliminate years of difficulties and low self-esteem. Here are some indicators of dyslexia:

Seeing any of these signs in your child does not automatically mean that she is dyslexic, but it is a possibility. The only way to know for sure is to contact a consultant who does learning disability testing. You should be able to find one through your local public schools. Even if you never seek a diagnosis, you can use certain strategies to help your child become a more successful reader and, therefore learner.

How Can I Help my Child?

Having dyslexia or symptoms of the learning disorder is far from the end of the world. Many successful people have struggled with dyslexia and overcome it. With the right strategies and plenty of patience, you can help your child succeed as well.

Although dyslexia can make learning more difficult, it doesn’t make it impossible. [3]With these strategies, you can help your child become a successful reader and learner.

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