How Parents Can Help Their Dyslexic Child
Dyslexia is a lifelong reading disability with good potential for improvement. Dyslexia management involves intervention through teaching rather than medication.
A dyslexic child can overcome his reading difficulty with special training from professionals. Parental support and encouragement are also key factors in dyslexia treatment.
“Parents and family members can really make a huge difference to dyslexic children, and enable them to learn to read in a supportive environment,” says Associate Professor Lourdes Mary Daniel, Senior Consultant and Head of Clinical Services, Department of Child Development, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group.
- Identify the reading difficulty early and provide quality intervention themselves, and through professionals
- Read regularly to the child to develop a love of reading
- Encourage the child to discover other talents
- Build the child’s self-esteem by emphasising that dyslexia is a reading difficulty, unrelated to IQ
- Keep the child motivated and happy by creating an encouraging and secure environment at home