Dyslexia intervention – if it’s not working for your child, change it!

“If you fail using a strategy more than a few times, you need to try another one.” Stephen Guise

If an activity, learning strategy or dyslexia intervention is not working for your child, try something else!

“The most consistent thing about dyslexics is their inconsistency” Ronald D. Davis

The one thing about dyslexia is that it is different for everyone.  All dyslexics are individuals. They have an array of difficulties.  They may have a variety of combinations of difficulties. Just take a look at the Dyslexia the Gift website for a comprehensive list of numerous possible traits of dyslexia (https://www.dyslexia.com/about-dyslexia/signs-of-dyslexia/test-for-dyslexia-37-signs/).

When you teach a dyslexic child in the right way, magic can happen.  But what is the right way for your child? And what if that way doesn’t work?

Just as all dyslexic learners are different, so are the solutions.

Is there a ‘quick fix’ dyslexia intervention?

If you Google “cure for dyslexia”, you will find a myriad of dyslexia treatments and therapies on the internet that all claim to “cure” your child. Sadly, there is no quick fix!  If there was, we would have done it by now and dyslexia would be a thing of the past.  Research into dyslexia is active and prolific. But the truth is, any improvement in your child’s literacy skills is likely to take hard work and determination.

Of course, there are sound research-based teaching strategies that are proven to help dyslexic learners.  Like the importance of the use of multi-sensory approach to teaching.  Multi-sensory teaching is a strategy which should always underpin your child’s learning.

If one dyslexia intervention is not working for your child, try something else!

This is a topic close to my heart!  I have learned from experience.  Don’t keep on with something over a prolonged period if it is not working for your child. Just because a particular intervention worked for someone else’s child, doesn’t mean it will work for yours.  In my case, just because I have written a particular activity into a Lesson Plan – and it’s worked before – doesn’t mean it will help the child sitting in front of me!

I am not recommending abandoning an intervention if there is no improvement in just a few short weeks.  Unfortunately, dyslexic children are in it for the long haul. But I have been as guilty as anyone with persevering with something that is just not working.  Don’t keep on with an intervention or activity or even a game, which is not going to help your child.  Try something different. As Stephen Guise says, “If you fail using a strategy more than a few times, you need to try another one.” 

If the “Look, Cover, Write, Check” method of learning spellings is not working for your child, try something else.  Write the spellings on flashcards.  Spell them using magnetic letters on your fridge door.  Get your child to model the words out of play dough or make them out of pastry.

If your child struggles to read, download an audio version of the book onto an MP3 player or her phone.  Get her to follow the story in the book, as she listens to it on her phone.  You will be surprised how much this will benefit both her reading and her vocabulary.

Pay close attention to your dyslexic child!

Keep checking if a particular method is working.

Be flexible.  Try out different ways of helping your dyslexic child learn.

The expert is sitting right in front of you!  Watch what your child is doing and what she is saying.

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