If your child is struggling with reading, it's often just as challenging for parents to to figure out what advice is most worthwhile. While it's certainly good to have the options for seeking advice, it's simply overwhelming just how many dyslexia and reading-centered bloggers and websites there are -- and they aren't all equally helpful. The last thing parents need is to repeat the same instruction that already frustrated their children in school. As a parent, the material should inspire you to help your child, but the sheer mass of sometimes conflicting assistance can have the opposite effect.
But you can't afford to not try, and we can help. The stakes are simply too high for your child, and regardless of the professionals in your child's life, you "get" your child best. That’s why we at Learning Success Blog want to help, by curating the internet periodically for helpful resources or news for you.
You don't have to do it alone
Perhaps you'd like a free font catered to dyslexics -- OpenDyslexic is a great downloadable tool. Or for tablet users, this Overlays app is available in the iTunes store and can greatly help with reading blocks of text.
Reading Focus Cards are, according to the website, "sensory-appealing and customizable reading tools and solutions for challenged readers of all ages," and they're available in PC desktop and Mac app form.
Learning Ally is a top resource for audiobooks, while the Eye Gaze is a new device that can help young children's eye movement with reading. For simple technology tips, here's a great iPad trick for tablet readers.
For general support for dyslexics, The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity and International Dyslexia Organization offer news and updates on dyslexia research, like how fish oil supplements can be used to treat it. For information on specific education legislation, Wrightslaw and Dyslegia both have archives on state laws and your child's rights. And to see how you can help change things for the better, visit Dyslexia Action.
Never stop learning
Many of these resources were originally referred by the Help For Struggling Readers Blog and their post, Raising Awareness & Providing Supportive Resources for Dyslexia, another great compilation of resources. That list also includes lists of helpful books by the most knowledgeable people in the field of dyslexia.
We believe you absolutely can be the one intervene on your child's behalf, even if that task seems daunting. It's up to you as a parent whether you accept or dismiss the resources we offer, but we promise that if you keep stopping by, you very well might find a solution that's exactly the right fit for your child.
Most of all, we hope you continue to grow in your role as the chief educator of your child. You absolutely can do it, and we’ll help you along the way. And remember: no matter what other sources you tap into, you will always be your child’s greatest educational resource.