How To Help Your Child With Dyslexia

How To Help Your Child With Dyslexia

Dyslexia in children is more common than people realise. Scientific studies put the rate at between 5-20% with the most common figure being 10%. That means that in every classroom 2-3 children of average or above average intelligence will be struggling to learn to read and spell with many of those falling through the gaps as the school years progress.

The Symptoms Of Dyslexia In Children are many, but there are a few basic indicators that parents and teachers can look for:

  1. Children that have difficulty hearing words that rhyme like pop and stop
  2. Children who have no visual memory for how words look and can be shown a word on one page but will not recognise the same word on the next page.
  3. Children who consistently skip words when they are reading, quite often the smaller words like ‘if’ and ‘it’.

You would think that with researchers indicating that dyslexia affects on average 10% of all students in our English speaking classrooms that all schools would offer dyslexia screening or dyslexia testing, but sadly this is not the case.

Dyslexia Testing

World renowned dyslexia expert Sally Shaywitz recommends that dyslexia screening should take place in the second half, of the first year of formal schooling, when children are around 6-7 years of age. There are many world recognised dyslexia screening tools available to teachers and most are very affordable. So why doesn’t this happen for all kids. It would make so much more sense to identify dyslexia in children and provide them with the appropriate support as early as possible. This would help to wipe out years of struggle and uncertainty for dyslexic children and their families.

Free Dyslexia Resources

When I wrote my book ‘Helping Children With Dyslexia’, I collected 1000’s of dyslexia resources. I have now put these resources onto a website in a free members area. You can access these by entering your details on the top right hand side of this page. This website currently has more than 5700 active members and continues to grow.

So What Is Dyslexia In Children? Well by definition:

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

This definition comes from the IDA (The International Dyslexia Association)

In countries such as America, Canada and the United Kingdom, dyslexia is well recognized with government funded educational provisions for dyslexia in children. In many other countries like Australia and New Zealand this is a relatively new concept. It seem that knowledge on how to support children with dyslexia varies greatly from country to country and from state to state. There is some movement, but it seems the fear of a large amount of money being needed, makes governments shy away from making budgetary decision in favour of introducing a dyslexia friendly school’s policy.

Dyslexia Schools

So what is a dyslexia school? Well the term varies depending on government education policy and funding provisions. It can mean a school with teaching staff accredited to teach students using dyslexia friendly practices, technology and workplace practices. Or a school can be a specialized ‘dyslexia friendly school’, where the whole school is specifically geared towards supporting dyslexic students. To find a worldwide list of dyslexia schools opt in to the ‘Helping Children With Dyslexia’ free resources on the right hand side of this page to research your country, state or territory.

Teaching A Dyslexic Child To Read

A question I am often asked is, can you teach a child with dyslexia to read? Another question I get is can you overcome dyslexia? Perhaps 10 years ago the answer from many professionals would have been ‘no’, but things are changing rapidly due to the huge leap forward in understanding the brain. In Norman Doidge’s book, ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’, it provides conclusive evidence that brains can be changed to overcome damage and cognitive weaknesses. It states categorically that dyslexia can be cured. So yes? You can teach a dyslexic child to read, and very successfully. This will take a caring and supportive parent or teacher and a student who is motivated and determined. As a parent and a teacher who has achieved this on numerous occasions, I would like to get you started on this journey. You can download my ebook titled ‘Guide To Teaching Your Dyslexic Child To Read From Home’. Log in on the right hand side of this webpage to get your free ebook.

Helping children with dyslexia is my passion. I wish you and your child or student every success.

Best wishes


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