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Reading is harder and slower for dyslexic students. Consequently, they typically read less. If they are to keep up with their peers academically, then it is imperative to find additional ways to expose them to as many words and ideas as possible.
Dyslexic children use more areas of the brain to process language tasks than the average reader therefore they expend more energy
To coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week (Monday 8th - Sunday 14th October), author Sally Gardner offers 10 tips for dyslexics.
This article offers parents advice for helping their dyslexic child. Fifteen minutes a day can make a big difference to a child with a reading disability. At home, parents can do a great deal to help their dyslexic child. Without big time or training investment, parents can significantly help their child overcome a reading problem. Read the small, easy ways to reinforce the school reading program.
Parents can make a big difference in improving the reading skills of a child diagnosed with dyslexia. Because you are most aware of your child's strengths and weaknesses, you can focus on learning strategies that will work best for him or her. With young children, playing alphabet games and reading rhyming books, for example, while offering support and encouragement, might greatly improve reading skills. Staying involved with your child's education throughout the school years will be a key part of your child's success.
How do we as parents take care of ourselves? Between the societal pressure to “control” our children, “make sure” that they are successful, and “socially acceptable,” it’s a wonder we get out of bed in the morning.
If your child struggles to read, or has dyslexia, you will know that life can sometimes seem to them like a losing battle. As a parent, it is hard to know how to encourage your child in that struggle while also correcting them when they make a mistake. We have a special tip that helps to keep these two parenting roles – encourager and corrector – well-balanced.
Stress is an often overlooked but prominent contributor to reading difficulty which is often seen in combination with other root causes. Some children become so stressed about their inability to read that the downward spiral of frustration and anxiety leads to a complete collapse of reading ability.
Research has shown that reading contributes to vocabulary development. Our knowledge of vocabulary directly affects our ability to understand what we read. It has also been demonstrated that the more one reads, the better reader one becomes. Therefore, it is very important that we encourage children to read as much as possible.
Recent research has provided fascinating examples of the problems faced by high ability students with learning disabilities, as well as the compensation strategies they used to address and overcome the challenges associated with specific learning disabilities (Reis, McGuire, & Neu, 2000; Ruban, McCoach, McGuire, & Reis, in press). For example, Reis et al. (2000) found that these students offered received content remediation that they did not need, rather than instruction in compensatory strategies, in their elementary and secondary school learning disabilities programs. Many academically talented young people with learning disabilities never qualify for programs for gifted and talented learners and fail to succeed in school but those who do learn strategies that help them to succeed, despite their learning problems.

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