Aussiemom on 17/07/2012 I would love to say that some of these ideas make a difference to a child with dyslexia and I hope they do - but each dyslexic child is different and each form of dyslexia is different. As much as I read to my child and as much as I wanted to it was not the answer to my issues. After many years of tears and worry at an IEP I heard about Recording for the blind and dyslexic (now called Learning Ally) and there I was able to get my sons books in Audio format, he has his own reader that reads to him while he reads along at his pace, and I have been saved from the upset and internal tears. There are other software tools we have invested in but the Non-profit Learning Ally has been the true blessing and the end of many tears from both my son and me. Well worth investigating if you are at a standstill like I was. My 14 year old can now talk to his friends about books he read and not be embarrassed that he is reading books two years behind his grade level.
Patsy Lowe on 31/05/2011 I think your talk was great but I have a 11 year old boy and 13year old girl that both have Dyslexia. I also have the condishion. I want to help both my children and myself. any advice would be great.
Suzy (Member) on 05/10/2010 I agree with Iris, a good talk but I'm also looking for information for teenage dyslexic children. I have a 12 yr old dyslexic son, who struggles with spelling, very slow handwriting and maths. Can anyone please help.
Iris on 12/01/2010 Intersting talk but my child is a little older. Is there any advice on dyslexia help for older children that I can find. Particulary interested in what dyslexia help strategies there are to help my son who is 13 and had dyslexia.
About this talk: Dr Valerie Muter gives and insight into how parents can help their children to cope with dyslexia and provide dyslexia help. She gives a view of both what can be done in the early years and the middle years.
About the speaker:Dr Valerie Muter is a consultant clinical psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital where she specialises in working with children with both developmental and neurologically based learning disorders. Visit Val's website at www.psykidz.co.uk.
To get hold of Valerie Muter's and Helen Likierman's latest book on how parents can help with dyslexia, dyspraxia and related learning difficulties please click here.
Key Points Covered in This Talk:
Dyslexia Help: The Early Years (ages 1-5) - How Parents Can Help: - Reading to your child: Helps develop vocabulary, attention and listening comprehension. If possible read to your child on a daily basis. Vocabulary knowledge is helped not just by hearing words but by listening to parents read and eventually their own reading experiences. Having your child sit down and listen to you while a story is read greatly helps to develop attention span and listening concentration. Listening comprehension (understanding and remembering what somebody has told you) is also developed. As children get older (aged 4-5) they should start reading with you, initially just by reading one or two familiar words and then gradually engaging the child more and more in a shared reading experience (eg alternating sentences). Eventually (by around the age of 5-6) they should be taking over more of the reading experience. - Playing "sound" games: Promotes early phonological awareness (speech/sound awareness) and therefore helps children to break down words into their constituent speech sounds. Children with dyslexia struggle to hear, manipulate and be aware of the speech sounds in words. Examples of games to play might include: I Spy, how many words do you know beginning with "s"?, rhyming etc. Lots of sound based games (perhaps accompanied by pictures) help to draw a child's attention to the sounds within words which will make reading much easier.
- Teach letter sounds from early on. Help children to know the individual sounds that go with each letter of the alphabet. When children link their awareness of sounds in words with their awareness of sounds in letters they form a connection between sounds and letters. This is what phonic learning is all about and once children can do that they will forge ahead.
Dyslexia Help: The Middle Years (ages 5-7 and beyond) - How Parents Can Help: - Reading: Keep reading to your child and have him/her read to you. Plenty of daily reading practice is very important. Ten minutes every day is sufficient (especially for a child with a reading problem). Use reading materials that they find interesting, enjoyable and that are not too difficult where, they are capable of reading most of the words correctly rather than needing help all the time. Reading gives the opportunity to practice decoding words and sounding out words. It also helps expand word specific reading vocabulary and with older children builds up speed and fluency. - Keyword Spellings: There are 100 words that we use a lot, known as high frequency words - very common place words. They make up about half the words that we read and spell. By getting a child familiar with these high frequency keyword spellings the spelling error rate will be greatly reduced. Irregular words (such as "the", "was", and "when") will have to be learnt as whole units. Learning these keyword spellings and practicing reading them (using flashcards and within context) and practicing writing keywords will significantly help spelling. - Teach word identification strategies: These can be used to supplement the decoding skills and decoding strategies that dyslexics often struggle with. Alternative reading strategies such as context cues and position of words in sentences can be used. Help the child use the story content and the context of a word as well as the words positioning in a sentence (combined with decoding skills) to come up with the right word. - Reading Comprehension: Whenever you are reading with your child it is important to ensure that they are understanding and remembering what they are reading. Ask questions about passage content or ask him/her to tell the story back to you.
Dyslexia Assistive Technology: Dr Ian Smythe provides an insight how technology can help with the day-to-day problems that many dyslexics face. Many of these are easily accessible and are free to use.
Help for Dyslexia: Reading and Spelling: Jane Emerson describes the methods available for teaching dyslexics how to read and spell. She considers phonic approaches and provides recommendations for how parents can help their children in the early years.
Dyslexia Myths: Dr Valerie Muter takes us through a dyslexia quiz. She gives an insight into whether some commonly held conceptions about dyslexia are true or false.