This sentence, ‘I am eating an apple’, sounds very easy to read and comprehend. But if you ask a child who is diagnosed with dyslexia to read that simple sentence, he or she will picture it as one of the most difficult sentences he or she has ever come across.
Dyslexia is a mental syndrome that slows down the child’s thinking process. The child will encounter difficulties grasping even the simplest words or sentences. He or she will have troubles speaking and writing too. This health condition usually comes together with another disease called Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a disease that causes a child to become prone to restlessness.
Dyslexia can sometimes be resulted from heredity from a family member. It can strike any child, regardless of age and gender. Hence, this condition should be identified as early as possible, because the older they get, the worse it can be.
Let us explore some steps that parents can put into practice to assist these children:
ü Get to the root of the problem with your child’s mental disabilities. Learn more about what he or she cannot read, write and understand. In this way, you will be able to determine how you would tackle this matter effectively.
ü Examine how your child studies something. Maybe he or she learns better with anything other than books, like with his or her ears. And perhaps he or she has an extraordinary talent that needs to be realized.
ü Create a positive environment for your child. Make him or her feel that he or she is just like any other children who have the rights to learn something in life.
ü Dyslexic children are prone to mistakes, so you should play a role model and teach your child how to tackle mistakes.
ü Concentrate on what the child can excel in. We are not born to be able to do everything, but we can do some things well and continue to improve on those areas that we can achieve excellence in.
ü Talk to the teacher to get more updates on the child’s progress and discuss what both of you can do to help the child.
ü You can allow the child to expose to television or radio. Usually, dyslexic children will have a better comprehension of the vocabulary and, at the same time, will be more motivated to pay attention. You can also pose a few questions based on what they have listened.
A dyslexic child is not stupid. The child just needs a bit more time than some other children. But as long as you, the parents, do not give up on helping your child, he or she will smell success in future, just like other ordinary children.