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3 Ways to Support Your Dyslexic Learner At Home

For parents of dyslexic children, at-home support takes on additional layers of importance and complexity. Here are three effective ways to help your dyslexic child at home and foster an environment of growth, confidence, and success.

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1. Create a Structured and Supportive Learning Environment

A structured and organized environment can significantly benefit dyslexic learners. Here’s how you can create one at home:

  • Designate a Study Space: Set up a quiet, well-lit area in your home dedicated to studying and homework. Keeping your child’s unique sensory needs in mind, ensure this space is free from distractions and has all the necessary supplies and sensory tools within reach.
  • Establish a Routine: Consistency is key. Develop a daily routine that includes specific times for homework, reading, and breaks. This routine helps create a sense of predictability and stability, reducing anxiety and improving focus.

2. Leverage Technology and Multi-Sensory Learning Tools

Technology, when used appropriately, and multisensory learning tools can transform the way dyslexic children engage with educational content. Here are some tips to make the most of these resources:

  • Educational Apps and Software: Utilize apps designed for dyslexic learners, such as Learning Ally. These tools can aid in reading, writing, and comprehension through interactive and adaptive methods.
  • Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech Programs: Audiobooks allow children to access literature without the struggle of decoding text, fostering a love for reading. Text-to-speech programs can help with understanding written content, making studying more accessible. Once your child begins remediation, our teachers recommend having them read along with a physical copy of the text.

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3. Foster a Positive and Encouraging Atmosphere

Emotional support and encouragement play a crucial role in your child’s learning journey. Here’s how you can create a positive atmosphere at home:

  • Celebrate Efforts, Not Just Achievements: Recognize and praise your child’s hard work and perseverance, regardless of the outcome. Celebrating small victories boosts self-esteem and motivation.
  • Set Realistic Goals: Work with your child and their teacher to set achievable and specific goals. Break tasks into manageable steps to prevent overwhelm and promote a sense of accomplishment.
  • Encourage Self-Advocacy: Teach your child to understand and communicate their needs. Empowering them to advocate for themselves builds confidence and independence, both at home and in the classroom.

Related: How to Advocate For Your Dyslexic Child: Strategies for Working with Teachers & School

To Sum It Up

Supporting a dyslexic learner at home requires a blend of structure, innovative tools, and encouragement.

By creating a conducive learning environment, leveraging technology and multisensory tools, and fostering a positive atmosphere, you can help your child navigate their educational journey with confidence and resilience.

At The Roberts Academy, we’re here to support you and your child every step of the way. Learn more about the Academy and our admissions process here.

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