Dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by difficulties with decoding, spelling, word recognition, and sometimes speaking. These lifelong challenges typically result in issues with reading comprehension, reading fluency, and vocabulary growth.
Dyslexia is not caused by poor instruction or lack of engagement, motivation, or intelligence – it is a neurological disorder, and most people with Dyslexia can become excellent readers and writers. But in the traditional classroom, these struggles can also lead to poor self-image, lack of confidence, and troubles processing language, which can lead to issues with parents, peers, and teachers.
Expose your child – at an early age – to various texts allowing them to practice reading, writing, and drawing. Use activities that involve sight, touch, and sound during instruction. Request classroom modifications and modified instruction for your child. This can include extra time to complete assignments, assistance with note-taking, offering the option of oral tests and the use of audio books.