It's not exactly breaking news that dyslexia students often struggle in school. Add in another diagnosis (such as ADHD or dyscalculia), and the worry that you feel over your child's learning may be multiplied. That said, there are plenty of ways that your young student can learn and even succeed in school. Not only will your child's teachers help them (whether you're thinking about specialized ADHD schools, dyscalculia schools or a more traditional type of program at your local public school), but you can also help out at home. How? Check out how these strategies can make the most of your child's at-home reading or study time and get them on the road to school success!
Your child has a research report due. It includes looking up plenty of information online, reading chapters from reference books, and writing the actual report. She has a few weeks to get the whole project done. Instead of sitting down to do it all at once, break the project up into smaller (and much more manageable) pieces to do on several different days.
Set a Schedule
Not only should you help your child to break their homework, assignments, and studying into smaller pieces, but you should also set a schedule for having them done. Let's say your child has a book report due in two weeks. They have to read the book, and then write a few paragraphs about it. Write out a schedule, including a due date for each chapter (or page, depending on the length of the book) and each paragraph.
Provide Plenty of Print
There are words all around us. Dyslexia students see them, but may have difficulty reading them. Help your child to use the strategies they're learning at school in everyday life by providing plenty of print materials. This doesn't just mean stocking your house with books. Add signs or labels in places your child can easily see. This might mean labeling bins of toys or putting signs on each room's door (such as "kitchen" or "family room"). As your child goes through their day, ask them to read the signs to you. Along with this, you can also have them read other types of print they see at home, such as cereal boxes or DVD covers.
Even if it seems like your child's homework is broken into manageable pieces, they may still need breaks. Taking a quick five minute stretch break or letting them get up and walk around the house (or jog outside) can refresh and reset their ability to concentrate.
Dyslexia students can do very well at school. Even if your child has another diagnosis along with dyslexia, such as ADHD or dyscalculia, you can help them to keep their grades up. By breaking homework (or study sessions) into smaller pieces, setting a schedule, and putting print all over your home, you can help your child to get the grades and learn the skills you know they deserve.