STRATEGIES TO HELP CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA
Dyslexia is a brain-based neurological disorder commonly known as SLD (specific learning disability) which shows the symptoms of less understanding of words, rhyming, and language in individuals. Each dyslexic individual may show different symptoms of SLD. Dyslexia doesn’t indicate low mental intelligence, instead, a dyslexic person can be intelligent in many other ways. The most common characteristic of dyslexia is difficulty in reading, comprehension, spelling, and identification of words which leads to difficulty in speaking and writing as well.
It is important to keep in mind that every person facing trouble in reading and writing is not dyslexic. There could be some other factors as well that may cause dyslexia such as:
Health issues: commonly deafness or visual problems.
Language issues: specifically for non-native speakers.
Educational issues: missed educational opportunities due to any chronic disease for a long period.
Behavioral Issues: ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), causes learning problems.
Although, there is no specific cure for Dyslexia yet it can be treated successfully with some help and guidance.
Many supportive strategies can be followed to help a dyslexic child.
Encourage your child’s thinking skills and support him to become an independent and active person, instead of becoming a passive learner.
Motivate their curiosity and discuss various topics with them. Listen carefully to them and share your points of view on their thoughts.
Allow your child to work independently and uplift them to ask questions and tackle the answers, give some hints to them to find the solutions to their problems.
Engage your child to read various books or stories. Ask them questions to boost their confidence and help them understand what they are reading.
Let your child be your teacher, allow them to teach you what they learn. This will help them to learn more effectively.
Try to break the huge tasks into little tasks and let your child work slowly and gradually on them until they achieve the final results.
Avoid labeling your child to be lazy, stupid, or uncooperative. Vitalize your child’s self-esteem and let them feel positive about themselves.
Make sure that the child is having enough sleep and a balanced diet, as it is very important to have a healthy body to have a healthy mind.
Assign a daily timetable to your child and involve them in planning for what they want to do the next day.
Provide a calm study place where your child can focus better on the study without any attention difficulties.
Make sure to give enough praise to your child for every task they perform to boost their confidence.
Remember that, dyslexia can result in low self-esteem, leading to embarrassment and frustration, and can make it difficult for a child to perform simple tasks that others can do easily. Emotional support from the parents can help the child to boost their self-esteem and confidence, and they can manage to complete the tasks in the best possible ways.