Parents and teachers are often presented with a laundry list of challenges helping students with Dyslexia improve their reading. While reading and comprehension can be difficult for any child, children with Dyslexia are especially apt to become frustrated or lack confidence in their intellectual abilities.
Because Brainjogging is all about “Preparing the mind to learn,” here are seven ways to instill confidence in your student and help your struggling reader become better than ever.
Start with smaller, attainable goals
The end goal for most parents or teachers is to help a student with Dyslexia become a great reader or at least get them on par with other kids their age. While this is a worthwhile goal and is obtainable, it will not happen overnight. For this reason it is important to set short-term goals with your student so that you can celebrate the small wins frequently and keep them motivated. These types of goals can include:
- Practicing reading everyday
- Finishing a chapter or book
- Moving up a single reading level
- Learning new words
Make it a point to mention strengths
Sometimes parents are so consumed by their children’s weaknesses that they forget to praise them for the things they’re good at. While this type of reinforcement may be unintentional, it lowers the students’ self-esteem and hinders the education process. Instead of dwelling on the challenges of Dyslexia, make it a point to mention your child’s strengths and especially those that are related to an educational capacity as to draw parallels in their ability to learn.
Inform them that everyone has difficulties
Sometimes children with Dyslexia are under the impression that they are the only ones who struggle at school (as so much of their education is based on reading and writing). Share with your child (or student) things that you might not be so good at, relaying to them that you understand why they wouldn’t want to work on something that is so difficult! Sometimes hard work is not fun and takes time to pay off; if you can relate this fact to them through personal stories they are more likely to push on the same ways you do.
Involve your child in their education
When a child sees their parents working together to find solutions that help them, they feel supported. Similarly, it helps to bring your kid in on your academic plan for them and be candid with them about how they compare to other students their age, the specific problems areas they need to concentrate on, and what you will be doing – as a team – to help them learn.
Teach your kid how to ask for help
If you can instill in your child the ability to ask for help when they need it you will be doing them a tremendous favor. By teaching a child how to advocate for themselves they’ll learn about the resources available to them, how to quickly problem solve challenges they may be stuck on, and how to come to terms with the fact that everyone needs help from time-to-time.
Read aloud with your child
In addition to creating a bond with the Dyslexic student, reading aloud together has a lot of positives. Parents should strive to read aloud to their children everyday while having them follow along with the book. This will help them to decode text, overcome longer, more challenging books, better understand the context of certain stories, and have the opportunity to focus on the true meaning of words. After reading aloud with your child it is also recommended that you go over the characters of the story, what they were doing and why, and what your child thinks will happen next.
Dyslexia stems from cognitive processing disorders, not a lack of intelligence. Still, students with the learning disorder often feel they are not as smart as their peers. The science behind Brainjogging is that it understands these pains and addresses them by helping your child work on their memory, processing speed, auditory processing, recall and retrieval components at the same time. The result is a change in the way the brain learns that rapidly improves the child’s capacity for learning. Learn more about Brainjogging for Dyslexia and how it can help your child.