One in seven children suffer from dyslexia and the schools aren’t always able to change their curriculum to help these children. This can also be a scary process as many reading programs for dyslexia can be very expensive! Others require many hours of training to help children with dyslexia. When looking for dyslexia toolkits it’s very important to do your research into these toolkits as some of them can be written and have no factual basis in them.
As dyslexia is a lifelong condition it is important to learn what type of dyslexia your child has and how they can learn. Some children can learn words just by seeing them while others will struggle and may even be deemed “unable to be taught.” This is not the child’s or anybody’s fault but there are ways to help the child.
As dyslexia is becoming much more researched and understood there are many options available for parents and those who suffer from dyslexia. With today’s technology there are many programs available out there to help people with their dyslexia. As no two people are exactly alike each child will have different ways of learning. Many of these programs are also fairly inexpensive and can be downloaded onto a laptop, phone, or tablet. One important thing to do for your dyslexia friendly toolkit is to look into books and other materials that help people with dyslexia. Many of these books are written by dyslexics themselves!
There are many programs that can help dyslexic children, especially those who have difficulty with phonics. Some of these programs and options will bypass the phonics sounding it out idea and go into pattern recognition training. Many parents of dyslexic children swear by the use of a lap top. If the child is old enough and the teachers permit it the child can bring one into class. By using a lap top they can have everything under different folders so there are no papers and nothing can get lost unless they choose to delete the files.
If lap tops aren’t allowed in class, there are other ways to help with dyslexia. One is to have some form of tinted plastic transparency or transparent paper that can be placed over the writing. Having dark letters against a white background can make it hard for some dyslexics to be able to read the writing. Having a transparency with colored stripes or rulers on them can help children with dyslexia. By lining up the line with the words it can help them be able to read the line and words will stand out a little better. If the child still has difficulty reading sometimes an arrow pointing in the direction of the way words are read can help. Such as if the person is supposed to read from left to right have the arrow point to the right so the child knows which way to follow. There many ready to print worksheets for dyslexia available now.
If also possible have pictures to go with words. Having an identifiable image can help a dyslexic child be able to associate with a certain word and make it easier for them to figure out the meaning. As everyone learns differently what may work for one person with dyslexia may not work for another. There are many tutors and others who can help give you advice on what is the best dyslexia toolkit for your child.
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