Children who have dyslexia may need emotional support for the many challenges they face. Offer your child encouragement. How?
Teach through and focus on your child’s areas of strength. If your child understands more when listening, let him or her learn new information by listening to an audio book or watching a DVD. If possible, follow up with the same story in written form.
Respect and challenge your child’s natural intelligence. Most children with dyslexia have average or above-average intelligence that can be challenged by parents who encourage their intellectual growth.
Be honest with your child about his or her learning differences. Explain it in understandable and age-appropriate examples and terms while offering unconditional love and support.
Teach your child to persevere. You can model, through good-humored acceptance of your own mistakes, that mistakes can help you find solutions.
Recognize your child’s unique challenges. There may be some things your child will always struggle with more than others do. Help your child understand that this does not mean he or she is a failure.
Don’t expect perfection. Squabbling with your child over schoolwork will create an unhealthy relationship and emphasize your child’s failures.