If your Child is Dyslexic

Be positive and encouraging. Your child is probably as smart, or maybe even smarter, than many of his/her classmates who don’t have a reading problem. Help your child learn that he/she is special and loved, has other gifts, and that you love and believe in him/her. This is the most important thing you could ever teach a child, dyslexic or not. Don’t let anyone, especially your child, say he/she is stupid. Together you will find a solution. Someone else mentioned phonics help, but there is another method that could help your child. It is a method that teaches your child about language sounds and the movements of the mouth and lips it takes to make them. For example, a "p" makes a "popping" sound. A "oo" sound takes a round mouth to form. The "th" sound takes the tongue rubbing against the front teeth. This helps the child distinguish the letters by what sound they make and the movements. By helping the child make this distinction, the differences betwwen b’s and d’s and p’s and q’s become more clear and the child isn’t as likely to confuse them. This method is usually taught to the child by a professional, with the child being given exercises to do at home with a parent. It takes patience, but may be worth a try. Individual help in school from a teacher’s aide might be necessary because the child will probably be slower taking down notes, reading assignments, and writing them. A tutor might be able to help your child learn to read, too. Get one that specializes is reading disorders, but if that isn’t possible (check your school board for resources, you may be pleasantly surprised), even reading out loud or being read to by a patient tutor or parent will help your child to practise and gain confidence.
A text to speech program for reading and a speech to text one with automatic spell check might help speed up homework, but be prepared to work out a lot of bugs.
Lastly, consider learning a language such as French. English is a terrible language for dyslexics to read because it has lots of bs and ds together in the same word ex. "robbed" and inconsistent spelling. French does not have this problem to the same extent as English, because although words like "parce que" do contain letters that confuse the dyslexic brain, (p and q in this case), at least they are separated by a whole 5 spaces. Also, French phonetics are much more consistent than English phonetics. That is, the same letter combinations usually produce the same sounds, and there are fewer exceptions to the rules than in English writing. Learning another language might seem too hard for someone who already has problems reading and writing their first language, but the extra exercise might help your child understand language in general better. Some problems may not be as pronounced in the second language, and you may help your child gain confidence, enjoyment, and a job skill as a result. Besides, even if your child never learns to read French fluently, he/she may learn to speak the language fluently enough to gain employment- for example, as a tour guide, and/ or enjoy travel, friendships, literature, and fun as a result.