Tips on How to Explain Dyslexia to Your Child

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Tips on How to Explain Dyslexia to Your Child

By Nada El Araby



Sometimes it takes a number of years for children or even adults to learn or realise that they indeed have Dyslexia. Not knowing that one has Dyslexia may affect one’s confidence and self esteem.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is inherited traits and it affect your brain function. Dyslexia is not curable, however, the skills to learn how to manage it is what helps children and adults deal with their Dyslexia.

To explain Dyslexia to your child, you first have to understand what Dyslexia is.

Dyslexia is:

Life long
A learning difficulty that affects the ability to read words, letters, and other symbols
A difficulty that will affect the person on a daily basis
A difficulty that will result in a possibility to confuse the order of letters in words
The ability to understand verbal instruction, but the difficulty of writing information down
The difficulty with planning, organising, and sequencing
Consistent spelling difficulty due to difficulty
A difficulty that may affect your child’s self confidence and self esteem
Difficulty with decoding and manipulating language

Dyslexia is not:

A difficulty that affects general intelligence
A difficulty that will affect verbal processing and verbal expression
A difficulty that will affect the child’s ability to speak or reach speech milestones
A disease

Explaining Dyslexia:

Explaining Dyslexia to your child may be extremely difficult, but it may also be one of the most relieving things for your child. Your child has the right to understand that the difficulties they are going through and that they are going through them for a reason; a labelled reason that makes sense. They have the right to understand that they are not the only ones going through this, and that other children and adults have difficulties like them. They have the right to understand that they are not ‘stupid’ or ‘lazy’; but that they suffer from a difficulty that makes things difficult for them, that makes them slower than other people. This is the reason they might need extra time, because of the Dyslexia and not because they are ‘not smart enough’. A lot of children suffer from low self esteem because their friends may label them as ‘stupid’, and their teachers might label them as ‘lazy’. It is our job to explain to them the difficulties they have and that they require to receive learning in a different way that’s right for them. It is also our job to motivate them, and to highlight that they are our warriors that will have to work twice as hard, and that we are so proud to have fighters like them!

Recommended link that may help your child understand and relate to Dyslexia:
What’s it like being Dyslexic