Parents, guardians, and educators are often worried about how they can help their child with dyslexia. The Neon Tiki Tribe worries about this too, since we know that Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling problems. In fact, current statistics state 1 out of every 5 children will struggle with dyslexia.
The Tikis care so much we’ve made sure our books are designed using the dyslexia-friendly Dyslexie font, but we know that any kind of learning disorder goes beyond one book of Tiki-powered super-heroes, or even a series of books about them. So we dug into some great sources to find a starting point if you are searching for answers, trying to help a child with dyslexia you love.
8 Tips to Help You and Your Child with Dyslexia.
If you suspect that your child has dyslexia, talk with your pediatrician as soon as possible. Your child’s doctor can rule out any physical issues, like vision problems. They may then refer you to a learning specialist, educational psychologist, or speech therapist. The first step will be to have your child evaluated so you can take the appropriate steps at school and at home.
Visit your local library and ask a librarian to help you find the most recent books on dyslexia. You will be surprised at the many books have recently been written on the subject. Reading any of them allows you to have a better understanding of what they are going through, and it will help you to be able to communicate to your child what it means to be dyslexic. The more of an expert you become, the more your child will feel protected in your knowledge and background on the subject.
Stay positive with your child. Share with them some famous people who have gone on to change the world by overcoming their own dyslexia. Your child can look up to any of them as role models.
Read to your child on a daily basis. It can be helpful to also point to the words as you read them together.
Provide a homework support system. Make sure your child has a quiet place to study, and that he or she has plenty of time to complete homework. Try to be patient and to create a relaxed, stress-free environment at homework time.
Don’t forget about spelling. Help your child with new words and sounding them out. Help them pay close attention to the sounds within in each word.
Encourage them to write on their own about anything. Go out and buy them a journal with a colorful fun cover of their favorite cartoon character or superhero on it. This will help with their frustration and keep writing fun.
Focus on reading as a game not a chore, after all reading should be fun. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr Seuss