For example, most successful dyslexics attribute their success to a crucial someone who believed in them when they were struggling in childhood. Don’t blame or put pressure on your child for not achieving. Explain to them that their learning difficulty such as dyslexia is a real physical condition, like deafness or having to wear glasses. Similarly, if your child has communication difficulties (i.e., speech and/or language difficulties), you need to try to explain the issue.
In the case of specific learning difficulties (dyslexia), usually, the diagnosis in itself relieves them enormously because it shows that they are NOT stupid or lazy. Praise your child for their effort as well as achievement. Encourage areas in which they can feel successful, such as creative work (e.g. verbal storytelling), modelling, hobbies or sports. Be flexible about your hopes for their choice of career. Encourage them by telling them about all the highly successful dyslexics.
It is important to explain your worries to your child’s teacher. If the teachers are aware of your child’s difficulties, they will be able to teach the child much more effectively. Also, you should get in contact with us and other organisation providing advice and support.
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