Helping Your Child at Home.
There are a wide variety of resources which parents could employ to help dyslexic children at home. Some of these include:
2. BDA Information Sheets.
4. Video Clips.
5. Literacy Programmes.
6. Programmes using a computer.
12. Free Resources.
14. Private Tuition.
Our list of suggested titles includes a section for parents; information on related specific learning difficulties which frequently co-occur with dyslexia; difficulties with maths (dyscalculia); study skills for techniques to improve learning and writing.
There are also recommended titles to read to young children to explain dyslexia.
Our website provides a number of useful information sheets:
- Pre-School Children: Early Help, Better Future
- All Ages: BDA E-Learning course for Parents. Log into the site for course details.
- All Ages: Homework Tips
- Frequently Asked Questions for Parents: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/faq/parents.html
Learning to discriminate the individual sounds which make up language and to recognise the individual letters and blends of letters which relate to these sounds is an essential first step in learning to read.
- Teach Your Monster to Read: a series of free, fun games to practise the first stages of reading.
- Focus on Phonics:
- Pure Sounds:
- Phonicshark Software: KS1. Parents can purchase this software at a discount at participating schools.
- Dandelion Launchers: phonics reading series for beginner readers.
A series of short videos featuring talks on various topics by leading experts.
There are a number of programmes specifically developed to help the dyslexic learner with reading and spelling.
- DIY Readers’ Support Pack For Parents; - sound to letter links and early sound blending.
- Beat Dyslexia: a recently updated multisensory dyslexia programme.
- Toe by Toe: - a reading scheme for all ages.
- Lifeboat Read and Spell.
- Alpha to Omega: – reading and spelling.
Programs designed to make learning fun:
- Nessy: Learning: Reading and Spelling.
- Wordshark: Reading and Spelling.
- Touch type read and Spell: Touch-Typing.
A multi-sensory computer based learning course.
Write-on-line Home User: a writing tool suitable for children aged 9+.
For children struggling with handwriting, learning to touch type and using a computer for homework and school work can be the way forward:
‘Prepare your child for success with maths’, by Sarah Wedderburn.
An e-book full of fun and everyday ideas for parents and carers to help children develop maths as a life-skill.
Available from Amazon in a Kindle edition.
Numbershark software. Using games to reinforce learning.
Mindmapping is a way of organising information in a graphic, pictorial way which can be effective for the dyslexic learner’s more visual style of processing information.
A useful technique for structuring written work and exams answers.
Kidspiration (for younger children), and Inspirations (for older children).
A visual way to explore and understand words, numbers and concepts.
There are numerous games available to support reading, spelling and memory. These include:
- Trugs:Teach Reading Using Games.
- SWAP: Reading.
- Stile Dyslexia:
- Magnetic Reading Arc and other alphabet resources.
Free IT resources and games are available from:
Further Assistive Technology.
The BDA Technologies Committee’s website has comprehensive information on hardware and software useful in assisting dyslexic people of all ages.
Local Advice and Support.
The BDA has over 60 affiliated Local Dyslexia Associations round the country, independent charities offering local advice and support.
To supplement what the school may be offering, you may also wish to arrange private tuition with a specialist dyslexia tutor.
Email the BDA Helpline for a list for your area and also ask your Local Dyslexia Association for recommendations. firstname.lastname@example.org