Friday, Sep 30, 2022

Part III: "Helping your struggling reader & Dyslexix child at home"

Within the last two blog posts, we discussed the foundation that needed to understand how to work at home with your struggling child.While moving..

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Within the last two blog posts, we discussed the foundation that needed to understand how to work at home with your struggling child.

While moving forward there is one overriding principle that is important to stress, that is –

TAKE YOUR TIME  – DO NOT RUSH.



Understand that what is being recommended here is not meant to replace more in-depth reading remediation using methods supported in the research such as those that are Orton-Gillingham based.

These are the equivalent of shooting baskets or having a catch with your child – they could help to reinforce skills being developed.

Using “Old School” Index Cards

While working with the child at home, the recommendation is that you use “old school” index cards for practicing words and sensitizing your child to different syllables within complex words.

Look at the reading assigned or the worksheets that have been given.  Ask the child to read these out loud to you.  Any words that the child stumbles on should be entered on an index card.

For example, let’s say the word dinosaur or porcupine are hard for your child to read.  On an index card using a bright marker, write the words down and underlying the parts with the yellow marker:

(e.g., di no saur) or porcupine (por cu pine)

Over time, you will develop a fairly large bank of words that can be played with in different ways.

The ultimate goal is to help your child to recognize the parts of the word, while being able to read the whole word automatically.  Make the activity fun by using things like stickers as reinforcements.

Spend about 10-15 minutes on this type of activity on a consistent basis, but don’t overdo it.  (You wouldn’t have a catch all morning.)

Practicing Fluency

Find something that you know is on your child’s independent reading level (that is, the level where the material is relatively easy). You can give  material that is slightly above the easy level, but you don’t want to go too far beyond that point.

For about 10 minutes have your child read out loud. Make it fun and lively. Put a big green check on a calendar after ten minutes of good attitude. After a week or so of checks, go out for a small reward (like an ice cream sundae).

The point of this routine is that practicing is key. This is particularly important for children with dyslexia.

Takeaway Point

It will soon be warming up. Get outside and shoot some baskets and have a catch in the backyard.


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By: Richard Selznick, Ph.D.
Title: Part III: “Helping Your Struggling Reader & Dyslexix Child at Home”
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Published Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 12:40:53 +0000

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