Learn all you can about dyslexia.
Understand that this is not your fault or your child’s fault. It is a neurological condition that will affect the way they read, write and spell.
Talk to other parents whose children have dyslexia so they can give you tips on how they managed it in their family.
Help build positive self-esteem.
Building positive self-esteem is important for all kids and teens. Dyslexic kids are no exception to this rule. Many children with dyslexia struggle in school and later in life with their careers, so it’s vital that they feel good about themselves as they grow up.
But how can you help your child build positive self-esteem? The first step is to avoid building negative self-esteem:
Don’t compare your dyslexic child to other children and make your family feel like outsiders because of their differences or disabilities. Instead, encourage them to embrace their uniqueness and stand out from the crowd!
Don’t tell your child that he/she is stupid or not as smart as other people just because he/she has dyslexia; instead, focus on all the things that he/she does well (even if it’s simply reading books).
You can help your child manage dyslexia by providing encouragement. A positive attitude and recognition of their strengths are important in helping them develop a sense of self-worth. You can support them by:
Giving praise when they do something well
Being patient with your child if they make mistakes or have trouble learning something new
Encouraging your child to try new things and not be afraid to ask for help or take on challenges
Encouraging them to keep trying even when it’s difficult, because learning doesn’t always come easily
Become your child’s best advocate.
As the parent of a child with dyslexia, you are your child’s best advocate. You know them better than anyone else and can help them pursue the right educational path. In order to do this, however, you must first become an expert on dyslexia itself. Become familiar with the latest treatments available and know what state-level laws apply to your school district and how they might impact your child’s education. You’ll also want to learn about emergency procedures at school—what happens when there’s an earthquake or other natural disaster? What should be in place during a lockdown drill?
You may need to pick up some basic legal knowledge as well: from understanding special education laws related specifically to dyslexia cases through researching relevant federal statutes such as IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). By becoming knowledgeable about all these issues, you’ll be able to advocate for your child in ways that are informed rather than reactionary. And if any questions arise along the way (and they will!), don’t hesitate for a moment before asking others for help!
Children with dyslexia need special attention, care and support.
As a parent, it’s important to know that your child will need special attention and care, both at home and at school. This can be very stressful for any family. As a parent or teacher, you may not see what you can do at first glance, but you should not get discouraged because there are ways to help your child succeed in school despite his/her dyslexia or other learning disability (see below).
Reach out to professional help to start early intervention for your child. There are therapists for motor skills, and memory strengthening as well as ReadTutor for English literacy needs