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Dyslexia (cont.)

Parental Support for Dyslexia

In the home:

  • Provide access to books either in the home or at the public library.
  • Spend time everyday in reading for FUN!
  • Choose reading materials based on the child's interest.
  • Read to children often, and give them time to read both alone and in conjunction with the adult.
  • Play word games, rhyming, naming, etc.
  • Try tape-recording a child reading to provide feedback.
  • Spend small amounts of time with frequent breaks during reading assignments to avoid frustration .
  • Use plenty of praise, limit criticism.

In School:

  • Be involved in the preparation of the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Request frequent updates regarding the child's progress
  • Be familiar with strategies to be implemented at school
  • Request duplicates of child's assignments to practice at home
  • Communicate with school personnel
  • Communicate information between child's treating medical professional and school

Dyslexia Outlook

In conclusion, dyslexia is prevalent in our society, though not well recognized or understood. It is a life-long condition, which affect both children in school and adults in their vocational and social environments. Adults with dyslexia do exist and often are not recognized since they appear to function well in society and tend to mask their disability or gravitate toward occupations that do not emphasize their disability. Families and physicians must be aware of resources that exist in their communities and on the Internet for adults with dyslexia and allow access of these resources to enable them to best compensate for their disability.

There continues to be further research into the nature of dyslexia, the deficits that need to be overcome, and strategies that can be employed to achieve this goal. Individuals with dyslexia can learn to read, and with the right guidance, assistance and resources, can do so with a sense of accomplishment, skill and confidence.

Famous People with Learning Disabilities

  • Entertainers: Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Cruise
  • Presidents: Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, George Washington
  • Businessmen: Ted Turner, Charles Schwab, Walt Disney
  • Scientists: Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein
  • Authors: Agatha Christie, Hans Christian Andersen
  • Athletes: Magic Johnson, Muhammad Ali, Nolan Ryan

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

"Reading difficulty in children: Clinical features and evaluation"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2016
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