Teaching a dyslexic child at home

Teaching a dyslexic child at home can be very difficult and heart-breaking.  With the correct means the task can be made slightly easier.  Although there will some setbacks, the progress of the child’s understanding will be very rewarding.

This learning disability, Dyslexia, is categorised by difficulties in writing, spelling, reading, listening and even speaking.  In numerous cases the condition appears to be inherited. Children with dyslexia exhibit early difficulties and the condition manifests in their inability to understand reading skills, understanding separate word sounds and breaking down words into parts. The letters b and d are often transposed.

Putting thought into language and then language into thought presents great difficulty for dyslexic people. A dyslexic child, although not retarded, has brain patterns that are to some extent different.  They will have to work hard to attain rudimentary language ability.  Concentration may waver especially if the child has no interest in a particular subject.  These children do well with kinaesthetic, a hand on approach.

There has been a great deal of discussion as to the best way of teaching a dyslexic person.  Some authorities favour the full language style while others prefer phonics.  Various programmes are available to assist in teaching such as All about Spelling, Sequential Spelling and Spell to Read and Write and these all use different methods.

Some of these programmes begin with phonograms progressing to word building while others begin with phonograms and lead on to syllables before word making.  ABC Reading, Barten and Wilson are other programmes which use the Orten Gillingham method which is based on language and uses all the senses and follows a definite system.

While these programmes are good there are other inexpensive ways of assisting the child.  Though these ways are not difficult, but a great deal of time and dedication are needed.  All dyslexic children are different and where some may be severely hampered others may show only mild effects. With the modern day home teaching aids, the task of teaching the child is made far easier.

Above all parents with a dyslexic child should not despair. There are many examples of clever and famous people throughout history for instance Winston Churchill, Einstein and Thomas Edison all of whom were dyslexic. Parents should take comfort in this and remember that if progress is interrupted by a backward step it is still progress because of the two forward leaps the child will make.

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