Help for My Dyslexic Daughter

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Help for My Dyslexic Daughter


QUESTION: My name is Tina and I am a mother of a six-year-old child. I am not sure if my child has dyslexia but what I notice is that she has a problem reading and memorizing the alphabet. I send her to tutorial classes and the teacher also noticed the same thing.

During class discussions, she can pick up all letters and pronounce properly. But when asked to do on the spot spelling of all the letters with similar features like b to d, p to q, she has it all mixed up. She can spell words like average kids her age but except words with almost similar features like dog to bog.

I tried teaching her but the recall is short term. She will forget again what I taught only after half an hour. I am trying to find a clinic, a doctor or a teacher who can help me assess her but I couldn't find in any search website in the Philippines. I would like to seek your assistance in recommending an organization or individual who can help my child. Thank you and looking forward for your reply. - Tina Teves

Teacher Tess Says

Dyslexia is considered a language-based learning disability and a reading disability. Children with this disability have difficulties with language skills such as reading, spelling, writing and pronouncing words. They find it difficult to separate speech sounds of CVC words like c-a-t for cat as well as blending sounds to make it into words. Hence, they read slowly and make a lot of mistakes.

With this, parents and teachers must have the patience and understanding when dealing with these children. From my experience in teaching children with dyslexia, it was observed that they can overcome this difficulty when teachers learn with them.

Yes, your child shows some signs of learning disability. What are then the common signs of dyslexia? Observe if your child shows these signs: difficulty remembering the names of the letters of the alphabet; difficulty remembering the sounds of the letters; reversing letters when writing (b-d), or flipping them (b-p); engaging in mirror writing (writing right to left); reading words backwards (tap - pat); scrambling letters in reading or writing (gril - girl); substituting words for the written word (rat - mouse, truck - van, house - home).

Below are the best practices and techniques in teaching reading to dyslexic children. With the right kind of teaching, these children can learn to read fluently.

MULTI-SENSORY TEACHING METHODS is one of the most effective techniques in teaching children with dyslexia. The child learns how to use more than one of the senses: looking, listening, feeling, touching. Teaching the basic skills through music, playing games and creating arts make a great difference in learning the sounds of the alphabet. Once these children have mastered the sounds of the alphabet, formal teaching of the sound of the alphabet through phonetic approach begins. If your child is already going to school, find out the methods being used in teaching your child to read. Try to learn it yourself and enhance her reading skills at home.

PHONICS INSTRUCTION is a method of teaching reading based on the sounds of letters, groups of letters and syllables.

WHOLE LANGUAGE STRATEGIES is a method that teaches a child to read by recognizing words as whole pieces of language. It focuses on helping children to "make meaning" of what they read and to express meaning in what they write. …

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