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Supporting a child with Dyslexia – tips for parents

When you find out your child has an additional learning need such as Dyslexia, you naturally want to do everything you can to support them to succeed. One of the best things you can do is find out lots about it. The British Dyslexia Association has lots of useful advice and is a great starting place.

We also put together a few handy tips that we have learned during our many years as educators.

We hope you find them useful!

Make learning playful

It always helps when learning doesn’t feel like work. Make up songs, poems, and even dances to help remember things. Play word games and if you have a younger child, use nursery rhymes.

Work with your child’s school. You may need to push to get the help your child needs. Work with the school to spell out your child’s needs and ensure you track progress.

Use technology. With a proliferation of different technology tablets, there are lot of helpful tools as your child gets older. Online dictionaries, spell-check, and text-to-speech software can make a big difference in your child’s progress, as long as the work they are doing allows for their use.

Stay organised Keeping on track is harder when you have dyslexia. It’s may be helpful to support your child to child break big tasks into smaller chunks. Together, work on a system to help – simple things such as different colour folders for different subjects can help. For older children, keeping track via online calendars (with due date reminders!) can also be useful.

We have experience of supporting children with dyslexia – get in touch to find out how we make learning fun and build confidence.