Consistency, firmness, and a forgiving attitude are just three of these five solid attributes required for guiding your dyslexic child down the path of success. Read this parent's great list of tips to help you help your child:
1. Be loving and patient. Be loving and patient with your child. Remember having dyslexia is frustrating. Your child may be getting teased at school. He or she may feel inadequate. All children need patience and love above all.
2. Be consistent. Be consistent with the work that needs to be done. It can get very exhausting working everyday over and over, for both of you.
3. Be firm. Be firm with the consistency. Repetition is your child's friend disguised as the enemy. But you must also know when it's time to take a break. The hardest part for me was staying on track. It was easier to keep focused once I started to see Emily make progress.
4. Be forgiving. Be forgiving of yourself. I used to beat myself up over the thought that if I had read to Emily more when she was little, maybe if I had sent her to a structured day care center, maybe, maybe, maybe. We are not perfect as parents. Forgive yourself. It is the best thing you can do to help your child.
5. Have fun. Don't forget that life should be fun! Some days Emily was tired, frustrated, or confused. I used that time to try to do something fun. We might go shopping, to the movies, to the bookstore, or just for a walk. As a result, we are very close today and spend a great deal of time together.