Treating dyslexia at home, what parents can do
The dyslexia it is one of the disorders that can most affect the children's equation. Those who go through these situations present a greater difficulty to read and therefore to understand those matters that are explained to them in the school. There is no doubt about the need for treatment in these minors to prevent this situation from going further.
Although the supervision of a specialist in the field is always necessary, children with dyslexia They can be supported in their treatments from home. Something that will have a very positive effect on their development and improve their reading level, making their school performance rise considerably. The foundation LIGHTS from the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona these advice is given to parents.
Support from home
Parents of children with dyslexia can contribute to their developing in the following way:
- Detecting the influence of dyslexia on the child. Dyslexia does not manifest equally in all children. Not only there are different types of, but the intensity in which it manifests varies in each person. It is important to detect signs that may indicate that the child has this disorder and to what extent, seek professional help as soon as possible to determine the best treatment. From this diagnosis it will be easier to start working so that the child improves.
- Work with him. After determining the specific difficulty in the child and the degree to which it affects him, a series of practices will be prepared so that the child works in the classroom, but it will also be reinforced from home. Parents should sit down with their children and help them complete reading and comprehension tasks. Some examples are:
joint reading of books, reading out loud for the child to detect errors, reading complex syllables: another good exercise to improve reading skills is the reading of complex syllables, three or four letters.
- Take advantage of the 'game + learning'. One of the best ways to work with children is through play and in the case of dyslexia is not an exception. You can do activities with letters and words, a fun way for the child to do reinforcement activities without perceiving it as extra tasks. Some examples that can be done with him are the word soups, word forming games, the hangman, starting with simple words and increasing the difficulty as the child makes progress.
- Do not put excessive pressure on the child. Although constant work is necessary to improve reading skills, it is important not to overstress the child. For him, the constant effort he has to carry out in all his reading tasks is already difficult, so he should be supported, but he should also leave space for the child so that if he feels tired, he can take a break.
- Keep motivation In many cases children with dyslexia do not feel as capable as their classmates because of their difficulties with reading. It is very important for parents to stress that these difficulties are not associated with intelligence and that he is as capable as other children.
- Parents should strive to maintain the motivation of the child and to avoid feeling bad for the difficulties of dyslexia. You have to find activities in which children stand out, such as sports or some artistic practice.
Recommended games for dyslexia
It may be good to look interactive games to help them in the reeducation of reading and help them improve while having fun. It is also important to help them with their homework since they will feel rejected by these exercises that will remind them that they have this disorder. Another way to reeducate at home are games where children have to practice some sound and order the letters well. The Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommends to parents the following games for children with dyslexia:
- The game "of Havana has come a boat loaded with X words that begin with" r ".
- "I see I see what do you see?" an object that has two letters "a".
- Make together word searches.
- Riddles of words. For example: p_ _ _ _a (ball).
- Give palms for each spoken word.
- Give palms for each syllable of a word.