Do you homeschool your children? If so, you’re probably eager to provide them with the best education possible. Homeschooling is tough enough. But when you have children with special educational needs, the task can become even more difficult. If you have a child with dyslexia, here is some advice, which may prove useful.
Identifying dyslexia in children
Dyslexia is one of the most types of learning difficulty. It affects your ability to read, write, and spell. Signs of dyslexia usually become apparent when a child starts to take part in learning activities at school. They may struggle to write coherently, read words and spell. It may become evident that they’re not progressing as quickly as other children, and they may be finding tasks much more difficult.
Children with dyslexia often spell words by putting the letters in the wrong order and write letters the wrong way round. It’s common to confuse the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’, for example. Children may also find it hard to interpret written instructions, even if they normally respond to verbal prompts swiftly.
Unlike other types of learning difficulty, dyslexia does not affect intelligence. However, it can make life much tougher during both childhood and adulthood.
If you think your child may have dyslexia, it’s important to seek advice. Tests can be used to make a diagnosis, and there is additional support available for children and adults.
Supporting a child with dyslexia at home
Dyslexia is one of the most common barriers to learning. It can be tough for children to concentrate and maintain effort when they find tasks much harder than other children. They may also get frustrated and disheartened. If your child has dyslexia, here are some tips to help you improve their confidence and help them with reading, writing, and spelling.
Daily reading is highly recommended for dyslexic children. When you read together, encourage them to practice forming the words aloud, and encourage them constantly. Make sure they know that you are there to assist, but let them try to overcome obstacles independently. Write down new words they have learned, and read to them so that they expand their vocabulary. Choose books that are a suitable level. If you go for something too complex, this can knock a child’s confidence.
Many children learn to print words before they attempt joined-up writing. For dyslexic children, learning two types of handwriting can be tough. Instead, encourage your child to learn a continuous style from day one. Practice writing exercises as part of your daily regime. You’ll find an amazing wealth of resources online.
There are certain methods you can use to make spelling easier. Practice always makes perfect, and teaching children phonics can also help children to form words. Go through spelling lists on a daily basis. Keep the lists relatively short, and make sure your child masters one set before moving on to the next. Once you’ve learned spellings, use the words in different contexts. You can combine writing, spelling, and reading tasks.
Dyslexia affects many children. Although it has no bearing on intelligence, it can have a very significant impact on learning. If you have a child with dyslexia, these tips will hopefully help you to reassure and support them in their learning and development.