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:

  1. Books.
  2. BDA Information Sheets.
  3. Phonics.
  4. Video Clips.
  5. Literacy Programmes.
  6. Programmes using a computer.
  7. Writing.
  8. Numeracy.
  9. Mindmapping.
  10. Memory.
  11. Games.
  12. Free Resources.
  13. Private Tuition.
  14. Further Advice

 


Books.

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, to view a list of suggested titles please follow this link to our Additional Resouces page(Return to top)


BDA Information Sheets.

Our website provides a number of useful information sheets:

Pre-School Children: Early Help, Better Future

All Ages: BDA E-Learning course for Parents.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

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Phonics.

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.
  • Phonics4free:

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Video Clips.

Dys Talk is a series of short videos featuring talks on various topics by leading experts. (Return to top)


Literacy Programmes.

There are a number of programmes specifically developed to help the dyslexic learner with reading and spelling.

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Programs using a computer.

Literacy programs designed to make learning fun:

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Writing.

Write-on-line Home User: a writing tool suitable for children aged 9+. 

Touch Typing.

For children struggling with handwriting, learning to touch type and using a computer for homework and school work can be the way forward:

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Numeracy.

‘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.

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Mindmapping.

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.

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Memory.

Difficulties with short term and working memory are a common feature of dyslexia. Games such as Lucid Research's Memory Booster and Nintendo's Brain Booster may be helpful. (Return to top)


Games.

There are numerous games available to support reading, spelling and memory. These include:

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Free Resources.

Free IT resources and games are available from:

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Private Tuition.

To supplement what the school may be offering, you may also wish to arrange private tuition with a specialist dyslexia tutor. Email the BDA for a list  your area and also ask your Local Dyslexia Association for recommendations. (Return to top)


Further Advice.

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 50 affiliated Local Dyslexia Associations round the country, independent charities offering local advice and support. (Return to top)