Parenting Challenges: Dyslexic Children
Dyslexia- A Common Challenge
Many parents who have children with dyslexia may find themselves facing a challenge that seems never-ending. But the reality of the matter is, dyslexia does not need to have such a huge trial if dealt with positively and effectively. This would prove to be successful, not only for the child’s overall development but for the child-parent bond as well.
Dealing with Dyslexia
For parents with dyslexic children, there are numerous accounts of accomplishments and success tasted by individuals worldwide who struggled and overcame dyslexia. Some of these individuals have their names marked in history books worldwide. This in it of itself should be a constant reminder to these parents that dyslexia may be a small hurdle to overcome with the proper strategy.
Keeping the above in mind, the following points should also be taken into consideration:
- 1. Make note of accomplishments: Rather than focusing on what your child cannot do or is slow in getting done, make note of all the other things they can do without much effort. What are they good at? What do they love?
- 2. Compliments: Never underestimate the power of complimenting your child for even the smallest achievements. These compliments can go a long way in helping them overcome their weaknesses, not only in their education but also in their life in general.
- 3. Go easy: Your child will not learn to read on grade level at the same time as his or her peers and that’s okay. Set goals accordingly and enjoy your time with your child until those goals are achieved. Baby steps lead to big changes.
- 4. Be present: Whether it’s reading aloud to your child, being present at school meetings, shows, games or just being present to listen to your child’s struggles; being present can help dyslexic children in overcoming their weakness with confidence and reassurance.
- 5. Keep teaching: You stand as their greatest role model. Teach your child how to learn and appreciate their abilities. Being a slow reader is nothing to be ashamed of. Teach your child the importance of patience and help them overcome low confidence or low self-esteem concerns.
- 6. Share your fears: Don’t feel shy in sharing your fears from time to time, thinking it will scare your children further. It may just help your child realize that you accept negative realities are out there but you won’t let them stop you from getting ahead and they shouldn’t either.