Advocating for Your Dyslexic Child: Strategies for Working with Teachers & Schools

As a parent, you might wonder how to advocate for your dyslexic child. 

Navigating the educational system can be daunting, and you want to ensure your child receives the support they need to succeed academically and thrive in the classroom.

But while challenging, advocating for your dyslexic child is essential; it ensures they have access to the accommodations and resources necessary for their learning style. 

In this blog post, we’ll provide strategies for how to advocate for your dyslexic child and effectively work with educators and school systems to ensure your learner receives the support they need.

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Get The Proper Evaluations

When it comes to any learning difference, knowledge is definitely power. Obtaining the correct data via an educational psychological evaluation is key. 

If you suspect your child has dyslexia, request an evaluation from the school’s special education department or a private educational psychologist. This evaluation will help determine your child’s specific learning needs and eligibility for special education services and accommodations.

Here are just a few assessments typically offered during the evaluation process: 

  • Test of Word Reading Efficiency (TOWRE-2) 
  • Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-4) 
  • Word Identification and Spelling Test (WIST) 
  • Gray Oral Reading Test (GORT-5) 
  • Test of Written Language (TOWL-4) 
  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP-2) 
  • Phonological Awareness Test (PAT-2NU) 
  • Phonological Awareness Screening Test (PAST)

Remember: dyslexia often co-occurs with other learning and developmental differences; you can learn more here.

With the appropriate information, you will be an empowered advocate and can make informed decisions for your child.

Get Informed

Once you receive your child’s diagnosis, it’s crucial to educate yourself about dyslexia and how it impacts your child’s learning. 

Understanding the challenges your child faces and the accommodations that can help level the playing field is a crucial first step in effective advocacy. 

Organizations such as the International Dyslexia Association, Understood, and Learning Ally are great resources that offer updated information about dyslexia and neurodivergence. 

Check out Roberts Academy’s recommended resources on our website. Our blog is also a valuable tool to help you navigate your child’s dyslexia journey. 

And be sure to attend our Discovering Dyslexia sessions, where we share valuable information and answer questions related to this learning difference. 

Related: A Parent’s Guide to the Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia

Build a Dyslexia Support Team

Advocating for your dyslexic child is not something you have to do alone. 

Build a support team that includes educators, administrators, school psychologists, and other professionals who can help advocate for your child’s needs. 

Then, establish open lines of communication with this team to ensure everyone works together to support your child’s learning.

Develop an Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan

Work with your child’s school and support team to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan that outlines the accommodations and support services your child requires. 

This plan should be tailored to your child’s unique needs and should include accommodations such as extended time on tests, audio textbooks, and assistive technology.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Effective communication is key to successful advocacy. Keep lines of communication open with your child’s teachers and school administrators, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice concerns.

Be proactive in scheduling meetings to discuss your child’s progress and any necessary adjustments to their accommodations or support services.

Know Your Rights

As a parent of a dyslexic child, it’s essential to stay informed about your rights under the law.

Familiarize yourself with federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which protect the rights of students with disabilities in the educational setting. Knowing your rights will empower you to advocate effectively for your child.

Be Persistent

Advocating for your dyslexic child may require persistence and determination.

Don’t be discouraged by setbacks or challenges along the way. Stay focused on your child’s needs and continue to advocate on their behalf until they receive the support and accommodations they require to succeed in school.

Roberts Academy at Mercer University Cares

At Roberts Academy, our mission is to stand by children and families throughout their remediation journey.

Our committed educators and administrators recognize the significance of advocacy; our aim is to foster self-advocacy among learners by empowering them to openly discuss their dyslexia and articulate their needs.The Academy is currently accepting applications. Apply today!

To Sum It Up

Advocating for your dyslexic child in the classroom can be a challenging but rewarding process. By educating yourself, building a support team, and effectively communicating with educators and school administrators, you can ensure that your child receives the accommodations and support they need to thrive academically. 

Remember to stay informed about your rights under the law and be persistent in advocating for your child’s needs. With your support and advocacy, your dyslexic child can reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

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