Helping your dyslexic child during homework: 5 tips
A child with academic difficulties may have a DYS disorder. Difficulty reading, memorizing, concentration ... According to estimates, 5 to 10 % of children are affected by a form of dyslexia. For this reason, it is important to help your dyslexic child during homework.
Here are 5 tips to help your dyslexic child with homework.
The importance of diagnosis and monitoring
Teachers play an important role in the diagnosis of dyslexia, but parents must remain vigilant. Sometimes, even at school, this DYS disorder is not identified, and learning difficulties are attributed to a lack of student interest, below average faculties, etc. The earlier the diagnosis of dyslexia is made and the earlier the accompaniment starts, the better the dyslexia can be managed. The bottom line is, it is about management: there is unfortunately no miracle cure against DYS disorders.
Hence the importance of setting up support measures outside of speech therapy or speech therapy sessions. Especially when it comes to homework, where you, as a parent, can make a difference using the following tips and tricks.
Special fonts for dyslexics
Did you know that there arespecial fonts for dyslexics ? They have been specially designed to facilitate reading. ex: OpenDys
Records for memorization
If your child has to learn a text by heart, or simply memorize a history class, for example, it will be much easier for him to assimilate it orally than in writing. The solution is to save texts and lessons on a computer, phone, old cassette, etc.
Spell check, voice recognition, pre-filling words ... today's computer software can remove many of the spines from the foot of dyslexics, especially for homework. There is also special training software that will allow your dyslexic child to improve his overall performance.
Make learning more concrete
Use bricks on which you'll stick fragments of text or poems for rote learning, scheduling work hours, using labels to improve spatial management ... any trick that makes learning more meaningful will make learning easier for your dyslexic child..
Repetition, patience and encouragement
Your child is doing his best, so you must constantly encourage him and be patient. When it comes to reading and other exercises, do not worry about repetitions. Explain the instructions in detail before starting.