When my son was diagnosed with dyslexia, I was relieved to finally learn how we could help him because I knew he had to be just as frustrated as we were. What I did not expect to come from the dyslexia diagnosis was the frustration we would have to deal with. For a while, I was pretty bummed because it felt like we were alone in our battle when it came to dealing with the dyslexia, but over time, I have come to realize we are not alone. There are many things I have found to be very helpful for me as a parent when it comes to coping with my son's dyslexia.
Put Yourself in Your Child's Shoes
It can be overwhelmingly frustrating when you have to go over and over something with your dyslexic child. It can be frustrating because it can be such a simple concept, such as telling the difference between 'b's' and 'd's,' but your child just can't seem to get the simplicity. You have to remember, this is not a simple task for your child like it is for most people. You have to put yourself into your child's shoes for a bit and remember they do not see things how you do.
You have to always remember no matter how simple the task may seem to you, it is not so simple for your child. You must be patient and understanding to their situation, no matter how frustrating it is for you. Always be encouraging to the child no matter what and celebrate each milestone they accomplish.
Even though it may seem like it at times, you are not alone. Find support groups for families dealing with dyslexia. It is great to have a place to go to talk to other parents about coping with a dyslexic child, even if it is only an online group. Not only can a support group help you deal with the situation, but it can also help you and your child make great strides when dealing with dyslexia.
Talking with other parents who are in your shoes can offer you tips and ideas that have worked for them. If you are at your wits end trying to teach your child a concept, there may be something you have not thought of that another parent has done. It may be the special trick that helps your child understand what you have been struggling through. Talking with other parents can give you that fresh perspective you need to help your child succeed.
What tips do you have for parents to dyslexic children?