4 Ways to Help a Child with Dyslexia

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.

Learning Disabilities Blogs

There are a ton of resources online for those who have learning disabilities or those who are interested in learning disabilites. If you are interested in reading more about these disabilities, have a look at these blogs:

Dyslexia/Dysgraphia Blogs

Dyslexia Victoria – Information about dyslexia

Dyslexia My Life – The author of the book “Dyslexia My Life” corresponds with readers

Luqman´s Dyslexia Blog – A blog about the difficulties associated with tutoring dyslexic children

Happy Dyslexic – Understanding dyslexia and helping dyslexic children

The Dee Zone – Excellent guide about dysgraphia

ADD/ADHD Blogs

ADDitude Blog – This blog covers of ages of childhood ADHD

ADD-Me Blog! – First person experiences of living with ADHD and other people´s misconceptions

ADHD Resource Blog – This blog is written by the mother of a teenage son with ADHD

Disability Support Services – Help for all types of disability with extensive articles written about ADHD achievers

Parent Squad – General help and advice for all parents with extensive database on ADHD issues

General Learning Disability Help

Babies Online – This blogs has a comprehensive article database in which you will find help and guidance if you suspect your child of developing a learning difficulty

Crip Chronicles – A disability strategist comments on news items associated with disability learning

Disability News Worldwide – All disabilities covered in this blog of news items from around the world

Eide Neurolearning – Weekly articles related to brain-based solving and overcoming learning problems

Equity News – Commenting on educational developments for disability with ethnic minorities

Minnow Speaks – Navigating the educational system when you have children with special needs

Big Universe Learning – Advice and thoughtful comment from parents, teachers and special education professionals

Nina´s Reading Blog – Reviews of books concerning children with learning disabilities

Overcoming Learning Disabilities – Help for parents of those who can see symptoms without knowing the cause, with details of educational therapy and a helpful free newsletter

Parenting Teens – Interesting facts and statistics relating to teenagers with learning disabilities

Reading Rockets – Assistance for helping children with learning disabilities to read

Special Needs Families – Personal experiences from a number of contributors with details of how to survive in a learning disability environment

The LD Blog – Commentary and resources concerning behavior management and learning disabilities

The Shut-Down Learner – Quizzes to help you discover if your child is a  “Shut Down Learner”

The Wrightslaw Way – Information about special education rights and advocacy

Try Therapy – Designed for therapists, mental health counselors, and personal health educators

Substance Abuse and Learning Disabilities

Studies have shown that there is a significant link between learning disabilities and substance abuse. Educators of children and adolescents with learning disabilities are encouraged to consider this in their education. Additionally, counselors, teachers, and parents of teens or young adults who have developed substance abuse issues are encouraged to consider this link and discuss learning disabilities with their children.

Does Your Child, Teen, or Young Adult Have a Learning Disability?

There is a possibility that the child, teen, or young adult in your life has a learning disability and he or she doesn’t even know it. Over 10.8 million children in America experience learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. If your child is struggling in school or if your teen has a substance abuse issue, consider talking to them and having them see a counselor to diagnose their learning disability.

Substance Abuse Issues

If your teen or young adult has issues with substance abuse, it’s very important that you encourage him or her to get the help that he or she needs. Substance abuse issues can be very serious, particularly if one is under 21. The brain is not even fully developed until age 25 so any drinking or drug use from minors can do serious damage. If you suspect your child has drinking or drug problems, it’s important that you have a conversation with her.

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/ – The Recovery Village
http://www.aa.org/ – Alcoholics Anonymous
http://drugabuse.com/ – National Institute on Drug Abuse
http://www.asam.org – The American Society of Addiction Medicine