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Helping your child with dyslexia at home

You can support your child at home to develop some of these skills with minimal training.

Everyday activities

Engaging them in conversations on a range of topics and teaching them new words is one way of developing their vocabulary.

Reading with your child most days and helping them figure out how to read new words can also help. You can also play word games with your child. I-Spy is a great example.

Support programs

There is an overwhelming range of programs and products that claim to help with dyslexia. If you are looking for a tutor, ask them if their program is Orton-Gillingham based and/or multisensory.

The best programs and products:

  • focus on the re-teaching and revisiting letter-sound associations (phonics based programs)
  • slowly build new learning onto previous learning
  • move at the student’s pace
  • allow for lots of revision and practice
  • are multisensory, meaning that practice with sounds and letters will have a student saying sounds and letter names aloud (hearing), reading (seeing) and writing (feeling) all at the same time.

The Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) briefings assess the effectiveness of programs that claim to help students with dyslexia. There are a number of programs that are not validated by research that are, unfortunately, used by a number of providers. Macquarie University gives you detailed information on some of these.

Read about the following programs recommended by the Dyslexia SPELD Foundation:

  • Beat Dyslexia
  • Toe-by-toe
  • ABC Reading Eggs.

Your child's school can provide more information about a particular program. They have access to specialist support staff (like psychologists, speech pathologists and special educators) who can advise and support them in helping your child thrive.

Contact

Contact your child's school for more information.