If you’ve just learned that your child has dyslexia, it can be reassuring to know two things. First, dyslexia is a common learning issue that many successful people have. Second, there are proven teaching strategies and accommodations that can help. Learn what you can do next to get your child the support she needs at school and at home.
Learn all you can about dyslexia.
Investigate dyslexia treatments and therapies.
Discuss dyslexia supports and services with your child’s school.
Schedule a meeting with the school and bring copies of any reports from doctors or specialists. The school may have done its own evaluation. But an outside evaluation and recommendations could help with the IEP or 504 plan process. Talk about any supports and services that might be helpful, such as accommodations and assistive technology like text-to-speech software.
Talk with your child about dyslexia.
Teach your child to self-advocate.
Understand the possible emotional impact.
Learn what you can do at home.
Look into fun ways to encourage reading and writing outside of school. There are also strategies you can try at home to help with dyslexia. Tap into her interests and use her strengths. Create a homework space that works for her. Learn ways to build her self-esteem and help her stay motivated.
Keep in touch with the school.
It can be helpful to know what your child’s teachers are seeing in the classroom. Staying in contact with them can keep you on the same page about whether her supports and services are working. Explore questions to ask about the school’s reading instruction. And learn about multisensory instruction, which can be very helpful for struggling readers.