Support For Parents of Children with Dyslexia
Your child is not the only one impacted by dyslexia; you are too.
You may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, scared, or curious about how dyslexia will affect your child’s academic achievement and emotional development. These feelings are common and completely natural.
As an educational therapist, it is my professional responsibility to share your child’s progress with you openly and honestly. I do this in three key ways: communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing.
I provide parents with regular updates about their children’s learning behavior (attention span, self-esteem, task avoidance, and anxiety), explicit details of each lesson, and bi-annual progress reports. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at your convenience twice per year.
To support holistic teaching and learning and if parents are agreeable I collaborate with other therapists, psychologists, and school teachers.
Research shows that collaboration is crucial for supporting students with dyslexia and co-morbid speech and language impairment (SLI), handwriting (fine-motor) issues, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or attention deficit disorder ADD).
At your request, I can provide support in meetings with psychologists and school teachers, and share my observations. This extra service comes at no charge. I believe collaborating with therapists, psychologists, and teachers is vital to effectively supporting each child I work with.
I will share information about dyslexia, ADHD, and other related articles with parents to support your understanding about your child’s learning difficulties and other behaviors that may affect their daily life.
Sharing knowledge can help moderate your expectations of your child’s performance in school, and empower you to create a positive learning atmosphere to support your child’s resilience to challenges toward developing a healthy self-esteem.
For parents who are interested, I host a class in “Hands-on Techniques” for parents to teach sight/learnt/high frequency words. This is also at no charge.
Small Actions Make Big Changes
Talking openly with your child about their learning challenges and encouraging their efforts is one of the primary ways to help them succeed.
There are many famous and successful people with dyslexia, which you can use as role models for your child.
Actively focus on your child’s strengths and interests, in addition to their academic performance, such as the arts, sports, and any other hands-on activities.
Children benefit greatly when exposed to a range of rich learning experiences in their developing years. Allow your child sufficient time to engage in non-academic and non-competitive exploratory learning experiences.