If your child has dyslexia, you may worry that homeschooling will not completely meet their needs, or you may worry that you won’t know how to properly teach your child with dyslexia. That said, many homeschoolers have learning disorders like dyslexia and many parent teachers have learned to work around it, or even with it, to benefit the student. With the right resources and the proper knowledge, you can do exactly that.
6 Resources for Teaching Children with Dyslexia
Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myth and What Really Works by Marianne Sunderland
Here’s a great book written by a dyslexia parent with comprehensive chapters like:
- What is Dyslexia?
- How to Know if You or Your Child Has Dyslexia
- Everything You Need to Know About Testing
- Reading Instruction That Works
- Navigating the Public School System
- Everything you Need to Know to Start Homeschooling Your Dyslexic Child
- When to Hire an Educational Therapist
- Dyslexia in High School and College
- Encouragement for Parents
- Tips for Teachers
- Hope for Students
She also has an entire website devoted to homeschooling students with dyslexia. It’s packed full of great info so you should definitely check it out.
Dyslexia Training Institute Here you can find great webinars on such topics as how to teach kids with dyslexia as well as a tutor certificate program. They gave solid, evidence-based guidance for parents and teachers of children with dyslexia.
LD Online One of the best informational sites on learning disabilities and ADHD, LD Online is a great source for info on teaching children with dyslexia. There are hundreds of really useful articles, a detailed resource guide, and much more. It has some of the best information around and even covers important things like the transition to college.
Dyslexic Advantage From the writers of the book of the same name, this is an excellent site full of information and research about how dyslexia could actually carry an advantage. Once you understand this, it will make it easier to teach with your child’s needs being met.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity This is a good all-around site that makes a fantastic case for learning all about dyslexia. It’s useful to parents and educators alike.
The Unappreciated Benefits of Dyslexia ,Wired Magazine – Here is a great article by Rock and FernetteEide. They wrote the book The Dyslexic Advantage. This will help tie in any loose ends in your curriculum. It will help you see how there can be advantages to having a condition like that. All you have to do is find the strengths and then play on them.
There are many, many more resources out there and it’s all about looking them up and putting them to good use. As a homeschooling parent, you’re used to doing research and creating your own way of doing things. Now you can spend some time learning more about dyslexia and understanding how the brain of a dyslexic child works. Then, you will be better capable of teaching in such a way that they can understand. You can actually use the dyslexia as an advantage, as some of the resources explain.
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