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Dyslexia – the creative genius and how you can help your child

Discovering that your child is dyslexic can be a stressful experience for parents, particularly when it comes to education and your child’s ability to learn. However it need not be! There are a number of misconceptions concerning dyslexia, including the idea that children with dyslexia are difficult or ‘slow learners’, when in reality a child’s mental capabilities is not hindered in any way by dyslexia. It is simply to do with the way we perceive letters and numbers.

While dyslexia can be hard to cope with at school, dyslexic children often learn to analyse the world in a different way and many of them also find ways to use their more creative side in order to better express themselves. Many of today’s famous artists, musicians and even public speakers are dyslexic and proud of it, as dyslexia should not be a crutch that prevents people from achieving their full potential.

Surrey based specialist www.moonhallcollege.co.uk advises that school in itself is frustrating enough, so it can be harder for children with dyslexia to concentrate in class if they can’t seem to make sense of the words in front of them. More modern studies have found that these children aren’t merely disruptive and that they are merely struggling to keep up with a standard style of teaching. So how can we help your child learn at school?

Identifying Dyslexia
You might have your suspicions about dyslexia if your child is fidgety or restless in class and they seem to have trouble following written instructions. Normally by working together with teachers, you will be able to tell whether or not your child has dyslexia from how well they are doing in class.

A few good signs of dyslexia in children are things such as difficulty telling their left from their right, a slower than average reading speed, inability to remember times tables or number sequences and reversing number orders, such as saying 24 when the answer is 42. You can check online for a number of dyslexia tests, or speak to your doctor If you have suspicions, but in the long term it is nothing serious to worry about. However you should be aware as to whether or not your child has dyslexia.

Reading up on Informative Materials
The internet is a fantastic place full of information, so it should be fairly easy to find helpful information on dyslexia and how you as a parent can help. In the past decade or so, immense steps forward have been taken to recognise dyslexia as a condition that does not affect mental ability in any way, so reading online should be both enlightening and fairly positive. Likewise there is a lot of online support available for parents of dyslexic children.

How to Help your Child – Schools and Homework
If you are concerned about your child’s progress at school, perhaps a change of pace is what is needed. There are special dyslexic schools designed to assist children with dyslexia by applying lessons in a way that is far easier for them to grasp. Plus these schools have professional teachers specifically equipped to deal with dyslexic children, so this might be a good option.

For homework, particularly if you are not dyslexic yourself, it can be a bit of a challenge. TRUGS; Teach Reading Using Games, can be a good way to assist your child out of school hours, as they are great educational games that everyone can play. It is important to help your child out with their homework still, but it is important to be aware that they may take a little longer to put their answer into written words.

Love and Patience!
At the end of the day, it may take a little longer for your child to grasp concepts that other children might get straight away, but don’t let that get to him or her. Just make sure that they know they are doing the best they can by encouraging them to stick at it. Everyone learns at a different pace, so all you can do as a parent is to stay positive and stay patient, even when your child finds it frustrating. It will all work out in the end!

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