Receiving a dyslexia diagnosis for your child can be overwhelming and bring up many questions about what to do next. It's important to remember that a dyslexia diagnosis is not a reflection of intelligence or effort, and there are many effective strategies and resources available to support your child's learning. Here are some initial steps you can take after your child is diagnosed with dyslexia.
1. LEARN ABOUT DYSLEXIA
Learning about dyslexia can help you understand your child's challenges and strengths and help you advocate for their needs. Dyslexia is a neurological difference, and it's important to know that your child is not alone. There are many resources available, such as books, websites, and support groups, that can provide information and support.
2. CONNECT WITH YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL
Connect with your child's school to discuss their dyslexia diagnosis and develop a plan for support. This plan may include accommodations, such as extended time on tests or audiobooks, or specialized instruction, such as Orton-Gillingham-based tutoring. Working with the school can ensure that your child's needs are met and that they have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.
3. SEEK OUT SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION
Seek out specialized instruction for your child, such as Orton-Gillingham-based tutoring or other evidence-based interventions. These interventions are specifically designed to address the unique challenges of dyslexia and can help your child build the skills they need to read, write, and spell effectively.
4. SUPPORT YOUR CHILD AT HOME
Support your child's learning at home by providing a supportive and encouraging environment. Encourage reading for pleasure, and provide opportunities for writing and spelling practice. Use multisensory approaches, such as tracing letters in sand or using magnetic letters, to reinforce letter-sound connections.
5. CONNECT WITH OTHER FAMILIES
Connect with other families who have children with dyslexia. This can provide a sense of community and support and allow you to share strategies and resources.
Receiving a dyslexia diagnosis for your child can be challenging, but with the right support and resources, your child can succeed.
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