WHAT TO DO If You Think Your Child is Dyslexic

  1. See your pediatrician or internist and ophthalmologist to eliminate any physical explanation.

  2. Discuss your concerns with your child's teacher, and/or talk to the school's Dyslexia Designee to request screening for dyslexia.

  3. If the screening is positive, a program of remedial instruction should be implemented based on the following concepts:

  4. For information about available programs in your school district for dyslexia remediation, contact their Dyslexia Coordinator.

  5. For statewide information call the State Dyslexia Consultant, at Region X, Educational Service Center 1-800-232-3030.

Individuals with dyslexia need special programs to learn to read, write, and spell. Traditional educational programs are not always effective.

Program Content: Dyslexics require a structured language program. Direct instruction in the code of written language (the letter-sound system) is critical. This code must be taught bit by bit, in a sequential, cumulative way. There must be systematic teaching of the rules governing written language. This approach is called structured, or systematic language instruction.

Program Delivery: Dyslexics require multisensory delivery of language content. Instruction that is multisensory employs all pathways of learning at the same time - seeing, hearing, touching, writing, and speaking. Such delivery requires a teacher or therapist who is specifically trained in a program which research has documented to be effective for dyslexic individuals.

Suggestions for Parents of Dyslexic Children

Acknowledge child's difficulty

Accept your child for what he/she is, and not for what you feel he/she should be

Help your child's self worth

Accentuate your child's abilities

Provide some structure at home

Help with school work

Support and enhance school efforts to help child

Involve yourself in the community


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