I Think My Child is Dyslexic: What Should I Do?
Children can begin to show signs of Dyslexia as early as age 2-3, however its not formally diagnosed until around 6 or 7. It can however be diagnosed at any time up to A levels and into adulthood. Whiteout early support and diagnosis Dyslexia can have an intensive impact onto a person’s life.
Reasons which Dyslexia may not be diagnosed are:
- Funds not available
- Neither school nor parents are wanting to acknowledge this
- Adults think the Dyslexia is not severe enough and believe it will all work out
- The thought that we will just ‘wait and see’
Is My Child Dyslexic?
If you think your child may be Dyslexic, then firstly let me reassure you that there is nothing to be worried about. Having Dyslexia does not impact a persons intelligence, it is far more important to acknowledge the Dyslexia as ‘brushing it under the carpet’ can be extremely negative to a child’s mental and emotional health as well as their academic studies. As there are over 40 Dyslexic traits the first thing to be done is to keep a journal of the following:
A list of reasons why you feel your child may have Dyslexia
Speak with your child’s school and the Senco team, it may be that they have also picked up on this, the school may be able to give you the ‘next steps’ regarding an assessment.
Ensure any action plans devised by the school are implemented and book in for regular meetings regarding updated for your child.
How Can I Help My child Within the Home?
To help a child within the home who may have Dyslexia it is really helpful to carry out the following:
- Regular reading and recapping of the story
- Discuss the previous text and pictures and think about what may happen next in the story.
- Encourage children to read for fun, they could read to a younger sibling or a pet.
- Encourage children to ponder over difficult words, don’t allow it to go on for too long to the point it causes stress, but help them to sound out the word, guess what it might be, then to work out the word together.
HB Tutoring has qualified teachers with classroom experience who are able to support students, enabling them to access the curriculum with additional ease.
For extra support you can also consider hiring a teacher specialising in dyslexia tutoring, you can find more information on how we help dyslexic children here.
If you would like to have a friendly informal chat with us regarding a tutor at any level please call a member of our team on 0333 335 5139