(Also Known As: Dyslexic Treatments, Learning Disorder Treatments, Developmental Reading Disorder Treatments)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
What Kinds of Dyslexia Treatments are Available?
The unfortunate news about dyslexia is that it is a life-long disorder. However, with assistance from both the school and parents, the dyslexic can overcome the problem and learn to read and write well. Early detection and treatment is the key to helping the child perform better in school as well as in their lives. Dyslexics require the help of teachers, tutors, or therapists who have training in multisensory and structured language approach. Likewise, they should be taught how to use an approach that involves various senses.
Most dyslexics would require personalized help so that they can progress at their own pace. It is recommended that an outside academic therapist should coordinate with the classroom teachers. 4
Schools should modify their academic program in order to make it responsive to the needs of the dyslexic. For instance, the student should be given extended time in accomplishing their tasks. They should be assisted in taking down notes or assignments. Teachers can utilize taped tests or use alternative forms of teaching such as books-on-tapes or computers.
The most important aspect in the treatment of dyslexia is attitude as it could affect the attitude of the child. Since the academic requirement for dyslexics can be overwhelming, there is a tendency for the child to become easily tired, the amount of work should be properly broken down. The child should be given frequent breaks. Efforts and achievements should be properly rewarded.
On the part of the teacher, they should devise and practice various means of delivering information to the dyslexic in order to make learning interesting and helpful to the student.
Emotional help is vital for children with dyslexia. Their condition can be a frustrating experience, especially if they cannot cope with the academic demands of the school. Oftentimes, this frustration leads them to think that they are worthless or stupid. The family and friends of the dyslexic should make them understand that it is wrong for them to think that way because they are doing a good job. Recognition and appreciation of their strengths is vital, whether it’s in sports or academics.
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