Dyslexia is often referred to as a reading disorder or learning disabilitiy. Up to 10% of the UK population are diagnosed with Dyslexia.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a reading disorder also referred to as a learning disability. The word comes from the Greek origin dys, which means difficulty and lexia, which means reading. It is important to know, dyslexia is not related to intelligence. Dyslexic children tend to have difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and sometimes oral language. Find out more here.
How can I help empower young dyslexic readers?
The good news is that dyslexic children often develop into very creative and successful individuals able to think outside the box. A few examples include Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and Richard Branson. The first step is to understand the area in which the reader is experiencing difficulties. The second step is to support them in that area. Adults can play an important role in encouraging dyslexic children and helping them gain confidence while reading. You can read more in this great article by Jean Augur here. Below are a few activities and ideas where you could help in the early years:
- Read Nursery Rhymes Together (encourage rhythm and rhyme)
- Read Poetry Together
- Use pictures and ask the child questions about the pictures
- Boardgames (with a level of difficulty matching their ability)
- Memory Games
It is important to seek treatment and get a professional diagnosis if your child is experiencing any of these problems while reading.
Books for Dyslexic Children
Below are a few books we recommend for dyslexic children. These can be quite helpful in making reading easier and fun. You can also see our topic on books for Dyslexic children here.