Another week has passed, and another struggle with Samuel and his learning. As I said I’m determined to educate myself so I can fully understand his struggles, figure out his learning style and aid his development as much as possible.
His ergonomic pencil arrived on Tuesday. When I handed it to him, his face lit up and he said: “It’s so comfortable”.
Make a Difference
The BBC series of films featuring KS2 and KS3 pupils who have dyslexia are a great watch. Designed to support teachers, these are a must-watch for parents too! The films offer practical suggestions on how best to support dyslexic children, as well as honest and raw accounts of their experiences.
The film on reading gives great insight into how dyslexia can affect reading. So refreshing to hear from the kids themselves as to what struggles they face, as well as what helps.
Tips to Help Reluctant Readers
- Coloured Overlays – bright white paper can add to the visual stress that often occurs with dyslexia. Coloured overlays can help accuracy and comfort, as well as reduce headaches. Schools should have, or they can be purchased from the BDA, as well as places like Amazon.
- Reading Ruler – letters, words even sentences can be missed when children with dyslexia read. Using either a finger or reading ruler can help with tracking whilst reading. Again available widely including on Amazon
- Dyslexia-Friendly Fonts – Printing text off on coloured paper and in a larger and dyslexia-friendly font can also aid reading.
- Dyslexia-Friendly Books – Books published with friendly fonts and on tinted paper can aid reluctant readers. Companies such as Barrington Stoke specialise in such books.
- Reading Aloud – Do not insist on reading out loud in front of the class/others unless the child wants to. Or give them the text in advance so they can prepare.
Homeschooling with Dyslexia
I have personally found this really tough. I think it is hard enough to homeschool your own children when it is ‘thrust’ upon you in a pandemic. However, to try and homeschool a child with additional learning needs or support required is a whole different kettle of fish. You know when they say dogs can smell your fear, I think kids are the same with homeschooling…
I’ve found some fantastic resources that might help.
I hope this helps any of you in the same position as me! And if you need to offload, then I’m here. It really isn’t easy but we are all in the same boat #StrongerTogether
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