Dyslexia is not a reflection of intellectual level. Dyslexic individuals are as smart or smarter than their peers, but they need to be taught more slowly and thoroughly because their brains are wired differently. Dyslexic brains process information differently than other brains, but this can also contribute to advantages in other mental and creative processes.
The key to effective prevention is recognizing the behavior early. The problem arises when teachers are ill equipped to recognize at-risk students and unprepared to teach these students in an effective manner.
Many common characteristics of students at risk for reading failure are passed off as problems in behavior, lack of effort or carelessness. The longer the behavior goes unrecognized as reading difficulty, the further behind a student becomes.
Recognizing the need is the first step to mending reading skills, aiding the learning process and thus improving the quality of life.
What Parents Need to Know
Support is crucial for struggling and/or dyslexic readers to believe they can succeed.
The following tips and resources may help you become instrumental in your child’s skill recovery:
- Learn about dyslexia from reading material and field professionals
- Talk to your child about dyslexia; answer their questions in an easy manner and provide constant reassurance and support
- Talk to your child’s school teachers and administration, develop open and positive communication between home and school and delegate responsibilities regarding study skills, assignment completion, etc.
- Encourage your child to read aloud, give them time to figure out the words themselves, correct themselves and encourage them when they become frustrated
- Encourage your children to read and write, whether it’s road signs, the grocery list, etc.
- Make homework a regular priority with a designated time period devoted to assignment completion
Above all, reassurance and support are instrumental in the child’s recovery process. Whether emotionally or academically, students with dyslexia may face challenges that test overall confidence and self-esteem. Tireless acceptance from a parent is crucial.
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