Did you know that many famous people, such as Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci were diagnosed with dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin, meaning that it is brain-based. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word reading and poor spelling and decoding abilities that do not progress as expected with well-intentioned and targeted intervention. (1)
5 Different Strategies to Help Dyslexic Children
Most children with dyslexia can learn to read fluently if they have support at home and school. Here are five different ideas and activities that you can try to encourage them and support their learning process:
1- Read aloud
We always promote reading aloud to children to improve their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. Children with dyslexia may have a hard time thinking in words or reading them straight off the page, and it’s still important to help them expand their vocabulary by having a constant flow of words — without any pressure. (2). In our EdTech programs in Colombia and Africa, we offer children the possibility to listen to interactive audiobooks narrated by our volunteers. This approach is helping many struggling kids to increase their literacy skills.
2- Find decodable books
Reading material that is full of familiar single and closed syllable words will make decoding easier. (3)
3- Give struggling children a break
For dyslexic children, some schoolwork or activities might be exhausting, allow some time to them to recharge batteries.
4- Celebrate Every Success
Celebrate every single success. Meet your child on their reading level and celebrate the achievements at that level. (4)
5- Set Realistic Goals
You need to set up an achievable goal for you and your student that will positively affect their reading. (4)
Support for Dyslexics and Online Resources
- Brian Balance: Amazing website with useful articles and webinars. They also offered a non-medical program in-center or at home. The program is designed to strengthen and build brain connectivity so your child can find success in the classroom and unleash their untapped potential.
- International Dyslexia Association: A non-profit education and advocacy organization devoted to issues surrounding dyslexia. This organization based in the United States serves individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field.
- Dyslexia Association Australia: An Australian non-profit formed in 2007 concerned with the well-being, identification, and instruction/treatment of dyslexia and related language-based differences.
- The Dyslexia Foundation: An American non-profit organization assisting children with dyslexia to establish higher levels of learning through specialized programs promoting better reading.
- The Dyslexia Association of London: This organization has been in operation since 1972. They offer resources to their members to unlock their potential through the careful promotion of events, support groups, and creative opportunities.
If you want to help struggling children in literacy, we have many open volunteer opportunities that you can check here.
1- DSF Literacy and Clinical Services
2- Brian Balance
3- Read and Spell
4- Yale University