By: Kacy Leuck, M.S., CCC-SLP
At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, we know how overwhelming a dyslexia diagnosis can be. It can be confusing to know where to turn for reliable resources to help support your child. The good news is that you are not alone. There are many great resources out there to help guide you in finding the best support for your child. One of our favorite resources is an ebook written by Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center’s founder, Sonia Reighard, M.A., CCC-SLP. Click here to download your copy of Diving Into Dyslexia, A Parent’s Guide.
Books and podcasts are a great way to educate yourself more about your child’s dyslexia and to learn about available resources. I recently listened to an informative podcast episode created by Dyslexia Journey: Support Your Kid. The episode is called 10 Tips for a Great New School Year. Click here to listen to the episode to get a more in-depth explanation of each tip—it’s a quick 20-minute listen! The tips below are the five main takeaways I found while listening.
1. Receive An Official Dyslexia Diagnosis
If you have not done so, have your child assessed to receive a diagnosis and determine which accommodations would be most beneficial for them. Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center offers full dyslexia evaluations and provides recommendations and diagnoses based on the results of your child’s evaluation.
2. Connect With Your Child’s Providers
Connect with your child’s teachers as well as other school staff, including your child’s principal, counselor, etc. It is important to make connections and have frequent communication regarding how everyone can best support your child.
3. Create An Afterschool and Homework Routine
Creating a homework routine for your child can be so important. Establishing patterns for homework after school that include recovery time is key. This includes choosing a “homework space” for your child that will help them be successful. This will likely look different for each child. For example, one child may work best while listening to music and standing at the table, while another child may work best in a quiet room at a desk. One of the most important elements is that parents take an active, supportive, and positive role in doing homework with their children.
4. Look into Online Subscriptions
Look into subscriptions for online services. There is a world full of resources at your fingertips, including access to audiobooks, assistive technology, and so much more! Links for suggested subscriptions are listed below.
Here are the links to a few resources that were mentioned in the podcast episode:
- Learning Ally – https://portal.learningally.org/login
- Grammarly – https://www.grammarly.com/
- Chat GPT – https://chat.openai.com/
5. Embrace Your Child’s Passions
While your child’s learning is a high priority, don’t forget to embrace your child’s passions, along with your own passions, and always make time for fun! It’s all about balance.
ETLC Is Here To Provide Support
At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center we know how overwhelming it can be when looking to provide support for your child. We use evidence-based dyslexia treatment practices to optimize reading outcomes and a multisensory approach is incorporated into individual sessions. We believe each child deserves to thrive with their reading skills! That’s why we create an individualized plan specific to each child and their unique learning style. Are you ready to learn more? Schedule a call today!
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