Understanding Dyslexia

How to help a child with dyslexia

If you think your child is dyslexic, that can be a big worry. But we have two bits of good news for you:

1. We find dyslexics can learn to read and spell fine with the right help.

2. Dyslexia is not what you think it is.

Let’s deal with the first and most important thing: how to help your child. You will see good progress with a dyslexic child once you get to the root cause of their difficulty. We take that approach with thousands of dyslexics and routinely see good results. Often they end up in the top half of their class for reading and spelling.

The essential thing is to understand which of the main causes of difficulty your child is struggling with:

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Success is so routine for us that we guarantee you will see good results, even if you have been told your child is severely dyslexic. Of course there is a range of final outcomes, but we expect every child to be able to read and spell with reasonable accuracy by the end of the process. And quite often we have seen severely dyslexic children reach the top half of their class for reading.

If you want to give it a go, with no cost or commitment, sign up for our ten lesson free trial. We take a much more visual approach to reading, which suits a lot of dyslexics. You will be pleased and even amazed by what you see:

The truth about dyslexia

Have you been given the impression that dyslexia is a reason to struggle to read?

In fact, the meaning of the word dyslexia is more or less “struggles with reading more than one would expect”. It describes someone who has a lower reading level than fits their general cognitive ability, education and age.

So to say someone cannot read “because they have dyslexia” is like a doctor saying your child is coughing “because he or she has a cough”. It is obviously a ridiculous statement.

The key thing when helping a dyslexic is to understand the specific underlying, neurological cause of the reading difficulty for that individual child. Once you get to that root cause, the solution is usually pretty simple to deliver. That is how we are able to guarantee good results.

Targeting the underlying cause of dyslexia

You may have heard about tinted lenses helping dyslexics. That is an example of a specific problem (a sensitivity to the contrast of black text on a bright white background) that can cause reading difficulty. The tinted glasses or overlays do help those children, but it is something we see with only about 5% of dyslexics.

You will also find a lot of very bright visual learners trying to store whole words in memory, rather than decoding. That leads to lots of guessing or switching of the short words. Around 50% of dyslexics fall into this group, so it is far more important than the tinted overlays and our Trainertext approach can fix it.

As another example, some dyslexic children had a bit of glue ear when they were very young that caused some auditory processing difficulty, which remains even though their hearing is now fine. If your child has ever had speech therapy, that is a likely to go with some reading difficulty too.

So you can begin to see there are lots of different possible causes of reading difficulty, which all get covered by the umbrella term dyslexia. We routinely look for the symptoms of eight neurological patterns.

If you would like to know more about them, check out our 9 Causes of Reading Difficulty page.