Management of Dyslexia
There is no known drug or ways to correct the underlying brain abnormality that causes Dyslexia. However, early detection to determine specific needs and appropriate treatment can improve success.
Dyslexia treatment uses specific educational approaches and techniques. The common technique often used will be the Orton Gillingham Reading method (OG).
Tutoring sessions with a reading specialist can be very helpful for many children with Dyslexia. A reading specialist will focus on helping your child:
- Learn to recognize the smallest sounds that make up words (phonemes)
- Understand that letters and strings of letters represent these sounds
- Comprehend what he or she is reading
- Read aloud
- Build a vocabulary
If your child has a severe reading disability, tutoring may need to occur more frequently, and progress may be slower.
Reading and writing are key skills for daily living. However, it is important to also emphasize other aspects of learning and expression. Like all people, those with dyslexia enjoy activities that tap into their strengths and interests. People with dyslexia may be attracted to fields that do not emphasize language skills. For instance, design, art, architecture, engineering and surgery.
Academic problems don’t necessarily mean a person with Dyslexia can’t succeed. Students with Dyslexia can be highly capable, given the right resources. Some even have successful writing careers.
Coping with Dyslexia
Emotional support and opportunities for achievement in activities that don’t involve reading are also important for children with dyslexia. Followings are the ways that you can support your child:
Trouble learning to read may affect your child’s self-esteem. Be sure to express your love and support. Encourage your child by praising his or her talents and strengths.
Talk to your child.
Explain to your child what dyslexia is and not to associate it with any personal failure. The better your child understands this, the better he or she will be able to cope with having a learning disability.
Take steps to help your child learn at home.
Provide a clean, quiet, organized place for your child to study. Have a designate a study time will be helpful too.
Stay in contact with your child’s teachers.
Talk to your child’s teachers frequently to make sure your child is able to stay on track. Be sure he or she gets extra time for tests that require reading, if needed.
Read aloud with your child.
To improve reading skills, a child must practise oral reading. Try listening to recorded books with your child. When your child is old enough, read the stories together after your child hears them. Show your child that reading can be enjoyable. Have your child to practise reading different kinds of texts which includes books, magazines, advertisements and comics.