By: Kacy Leuck, M.S., CCC-SLP
When your child receives a dyslexia diagnosis, it can be an overwhelming experience. You may ask yourself, “What comes next?” or “How can I best help my child?” The most important thing is that they receive the support that they need in order to help them reach their full potential. Here are some tips and resources to help:
Seek Services for Your Child To Help Boost Their Reading Skills
If your child receives a diagnosis of dyslexia, it would be highly beneficial for them to begin tutoring sessions, as well as receiving support at school. At ETLC, we use Orton-Gillingham (OG) based instruction that systematically and explicitly teaches phonemic awareness and phonics using a multi-sensory approach. Our structured literacy programs are supported by research evidence. We incorporate opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension, build vocabulary, and write and listen to stories through varying instruction. Our treatment plans are individualized with continuous feedback and guidance provided throughout treatment.
Educate Yourself About Dyslexia
Learning more about dyslexia will not only help you better understand the diagnosis itself but also give you an idea of what your child is experiencing on a daily basis. For more information on dyslexia read our dyslexia E-book.
You can also visit the following websites:
- Decoding Dyslexia Iowa
- International Dyslexia Association
- Lindamood-Bell Instruction for Reading and Comprehension
We also recommend the book Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
Consider Accommodations That Would Help Your Child
Accommodations could include but are not limited to changes in expectations, adjusting written directions, modified spelling lists, note-taking aids, homework modifications, and increased time for assessments. It may also be helpful to use assistive technology accommodations such as typed instead of written assignments, oral instead of written reports, audiobooks, or dictation software.
Work To Build Confidence by Focusing on Things That Your Child Can Do Well
Use a growth mindset when talking about skills that are challenging, specifically reading. Visit the website Mindset Works for more information on promoting a growth mindset.
ETLC is Here to Help Your Child Succeed
At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, we strive to provide a comfortable and supportive environment while providing high-quality therapy services to increase each child’s skills. We partner with parents and other caregivers to promote the generalization of skills and strategies. If you have concerns about your child’s development, please contact us!
740 Community Drive, Unit A
North Liberty, IA 52317
5530 West Pkwy, Suite 300
Johnston, IA 50131