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Dealing with Dyslexia

As a parent it can be hard watching your child deal with the symptoms of dyslexia. The learning disability has also been known to cause other issues, including low self-worth and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While signs of ADHD appear in about 25 percent of dyslexics, low self-esteem has the possibility to affect everyone who is suffering from the disability.

Help for Dyslexic Kids?

You can help your child deal with the disability of dyslexia in a variety of ways. By helping your child cope with dyslexia you are preparing them for future endeavors that they will likely experience as they continue on their education path. Support your dyslexic child by implementing the strategies below:

  • Educate yourself. Make sure you are up-to-date with all information dyslexia related. Do research every so often to learn about the newest treatments available. Also, you can connect with other parents who have children that suffer from dyslexia, chances are they are constantly on the lookout for information too.
  • Help your child. Make sure your child is getting all the help they need. You want to build an open line of communication with your child's teacher, so that you can check-in every so often. Also, your child may be able to receive longer testing times and other accommodations at school, so look into that as well.
  • Practice makes perfect. Even though it's frustrating, you want to encourage your child to work on their reading and writing skills. You can read with them before bed and have spelling tests of your own, complete with prizes and rewards.
  • Create "homework time." Make sure there is a set time for homework, i.e. right after snack time. Also, create a quiet and organized space for your child to complete homework. If they just can't seem to get the hang of it, try hiring a tutor or having your child attend after-school study sessions. However, a one-on-one tutor will probably be more beneficial.
  • Take a break. Encourage your child to take a break from the stress associated with schoolwork. Persuade them to get involved in non-academic activities, such as sports, the school play, choir, etc.
  • Support your child. Experiencing the symptoms of a learning disability can often make children feel different from their peers or left out. It's important to acknowledge your child's efforts and successes and show them that you care. Encouraging your child to have a tight knit group of friends will also provide much needed additional support.
  • Seek additional help. Dealing with dyslexia can be extremely frustrating and kids often experience low points. However, if you're child seems angry or depressed regularly, then you should seek professional help. Having your child talk to a counselor or therapist can help to alleviate some tension and frustration.

It's harder than it sounds, but being there for your dyslexic child will really help them get through the hurdles and tough times. Remember, dyslexia is the most common learning disability, so your child may be able to find support in peers suffering from the same symptoms.