As a parent and teacher of a child who suffers from dyslexia, I have discovered that there are things that parents and teachers can do to help children with dyslexia. I must admit, though, that I discovered these things on my own. No one told me these things. I am sharing them with you now in the hopes that I can help another parent or teacher. Here are four things you can do to help a child with dyslexia.
1. Reteach the way to write numbers and letters correctly.
A lot of dyslexic students tend to write their numbers and letters upside down. For instance, when they write an “l”, they will write it from bottom to top, and when they write an “o”, they might draw it counterclockwise. Typically, students learn to write an “o” starting in the 12 o’clock position and then going clockwise with their pencil. Correcting this simple thing is a great help to students with dyslexia. There are a ton of sheets that will help them to practice this.
2. Teach your child to write in cursive as soon as possible.
Studies have shown that children who write in cursive do not show dyslexic tendencies as much as students do not. Why is this? A cursive “d” and a cursive “b” cannot be confused because the formation of each letter is totally different. In print, however, they are mirror images of each other. This is the same with “q” and “p”. There are practice sheets online that will help with this for free.
3. Provide a “cheat sheet” of common numbers and letters that your child may write backwards
It is so helpful if your child has this on his or her desk to reference anytime he or she may get confused. This will help them to slow down and copy the number or letter until they learn to write it the correct way.
4. Do exercises with your child
Believe it or not, but exercise helps dyslexia. People that have the disease have difficulty crossing the middle of their body. This has to do with the left and right sides of the person’s brain. So try practicing skipping, touching opposite hands and feet, or touching opposit knees to elbows.