Dyslexia is a condition which affects a child’s ability to
read, write and learn at par with other children of his age, but it is surely
not a condition that should rob the child from leading a fulfilling and enjoyable
Once it is realised that the problems are actually
associated with the child’s inability to process the visual and auditory
information, it becomes easier for the parents as well as the teachers to
condition the kid in a manner that would help him derive the optimum benefits
from his innate abilities. After all, his understanding skills are just normal.
The child requires a specific mode of instructions that will help him with his
learning and while he expresses the same.
Tips for Encouraging
a Dyslexic Child
Given below are some measures which parents and teachers can
take to encourage a dyslexic child.
Positive Influence can
The child needs to be in positive company. This will not
only provide them with the much required self-belief, but also encourage them
in all their endeavors. So getting involved with the child is very important
and can be done through –
- Spending a good amount of
time with the kid, remember, quality time. The child should feel special
- Playing alphabet games can
be of great help
- The child should
understand that you are interested in his well-being and education and you
need to be in constant touch with his teachers. Note, that the kid does
not misinterpret this as a pressure that you are stressing him with.
- You must always be there
when your child needs you. You should be a great source of support and encouragement
to your child.
Reading Aloud Helps
Dyslexic kids have reading problems. You can help him by reading
aloud regularly. It should be a simple read and you need to pint words as
you read. Make sure that the child is enjoying his reading session and involve
him by encouraging him to point out some box labels or slogans. This can be an
educational game as well.
Write and Ask Him to Write
Make this a mode of communication.
It can start off as a game which will gradually prove to help him immensely
with his handwriting disabilities and spelling errors.
Keep Talking to Your
You must always encourage your child to freely and fearlessly
express his thoughts. Talk to him. And as you do, try to make your child pay
attention to the phonetics, the area which actually troubles a dyslexic kid.
You can do this effectively by singing nursery rhymes. You will know that there
are certain words that your child cannot easily grasp, you can ask him to pay
attention to those which are mostly similar sounding ones. Here it is very
important that you hold your patience.
Teach Time Management
Organising schedules are a tough ordeal for children
suffering from dyslexia.
You cannot force him to follow the clock, rather help him with his daily time
management. Set up a routine where your kid will have ample time for studying,
homework, play and rest along with other recreational time. You can use a timer
when he is doing his daily tasks and encourage him to complete within the
stipulated time. Give considerations when required, but never be harsh, and
appreciate him when he successfully completes a task.
Work on His Strengths
Every child is born with his own set of weakness and
strengths. A dyslexic child also has his own strong points. May be he responds
very well to music or understand pictures or colours and graphics very well.
Bank on these very strengths when you are teaching him his lessons. Explain the
contents or the lessons to your child by using them as stimuli and you will be
surprised to find positive results.