Dyslexia Awareness Week October 31–November 6
Education specialist Sally McKeown shares simple to tips help children with reading
Dyslexia is a condition which affects how children process language and affects up to ten per cent of the population. While it pose challenges, there are some practical things youcan do to help your child:
1) Put in some extra time to help your child with her school reading book, but limit this to just a few minutes so it does not become a battle ground.
2) Play Knock, Knock. The child reads, but knocks on the table for you to read a difficult word. Sometimes you find that they remember the word the next time it comes up in the story.
3) Read a paragraph aloud together or start off together and gradually fade out your voice so the child is reading solo.
4) Pocket Phonics for the iPhone or iPad is a useful app for children who are stuck in the early stages of literacy. Pupils can listen to letter sounds and match them to a letter.
5) Reading is not just about books. Look at puzzles, family games, computer games.
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