Kids are a blessing for their parents. This is why it can be very distressing for parents of dyslexic children to see them struggle. The fact that dyslexia never goes away makes it all the more difficult for parents. And on top of everything, Dyslexia is a disorder that can create a lot of misunderstandings for the child if it goes undiagnosed. But all hope is not lost.
As parents dig deep into this matter, and learn how to help their children, they start to understand and comprehend things that they would want others to know as well.
Here is a list of things only parents of Dyslexic children would understand – and hope others would too:
1) – Reading is different for them – Dyslexic children face difficulty in reading because the part of the brain that comprehends reading materials operates differently. For non-dyslexics, the brain translates symbols into sounds. The sounds are then put together to create meaningful words. This part of the brain is not fully developed in dyslexic children. Therefore, enrolling your child in a school for dyslexia might be a better solution for their learning challenges.
2) – Reading more is not the solution – A common mistake made by both teachers and parents is assuming that dyslexic children simply need to read more to overcome the disorder. Forcing kids to read more, especially in the conventional manner will just lead to frustration and anger. Enrolling them in a dyslexia school will help them better manage their disorder.
3) – They are not lazy or unmotivated – Dyslexic children are unfairly labeled as lazy or unmotivated in the classroom and sometimes at home as well. However, parents and teachers need to realize that these children might be facing difficulties in following instructions. They might not even fully comprehend the multi-step instructions given to them. For instance, while the teacher is explaining the 3rd step, a dyslexic child might still be grasping what the 1st step asked of them.
4) – Tutoring outside of school might be helpful – In a traditional school setting, dyslexic students rarely get the extra attention they critically need. If the tutoring is designed for kids with dyslexia, they will be able to improve their reading skills.
5) – Audio books are very helpful – ‘Ear reading’ is a term parents of dyslexic children should be familiar with. Dyslexic children can benefit a lot from audio books. These help them catch up with their classmates and increase their vocabulary.
6) – They might be disorganized – Dyslexic kids usually have difficulty paying attention to details. Their rooms may be relatively messier and cleaning up can be a real challenge for them. It helps a lot if parents walk their dyslexic children through every single step of cleaning and organizing spaces.
7) – They often feel stupid and dumb – Dyslexic children believe that kids around them are performing better than them. While other kids are completing their assignments on time, they are taking much longer than usual to learn things. This adversely affects their self esteem and causes them to become silent and introverts. Parents and teachers should encourage and support these kids in other areas such as art, music, sports and science.
8) – They are more intelligent than they seem – Parents and teachers of dyslexic children should draw inspiration from the fact that many successful people had dyslexia. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Picasso, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs are just a few names to encourage children.
9) – Technology is of a great help – Parents and teachers in this day and age are lucky they have access to such technology. There are a number of apps which have been recommended by medical and educational professionals to help dyslexic students. These apps can convert text into audio and pictures. Schools should use these apps and try and incorporate them in their curriculum.
10) – They can be an asset to any organization – Dyslexic children are often ‘visual thinkers’. This is one of the reasons they tend to do well in lab sciences. They are also more creative and have vivid imaginations. Due to this reason, organizations welcome them. They find answers where others get stuck.
We all have strengths and weaknesses. Dyslexic children are no different. What makes them different is a particular disorder that just requires extra attention, understanding and care. If parents and teachers dig deep and understand dyslexia, these children can manage to ‘unlearn’ their learning disorder.