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I think my child is dyslexic, what should I do?

Are you concerned that your child may be dyslexic?  Have a look at the following dyslexic indicators depending on the age of your child. Preschool, primary schoolor secondary school. If you have noticed a pattern of these traits in your dyslexic child then it’s very important to start speaking to staff at your child’s school

Primary School

  1. Start by talking to the class teacher because s/he teaches your child every day. S/he may have already tried a few new things and it will be the class teacher who overseas new ideas. If you speak to some one more senior first, it may make him/her feel undermined.
  2. If you feel you’d like to involve someone more senior, then ask to be referred to the SENCO because s/he may put your mind at ease. S/he is likely to have experience of dyslexia and literacy difficulties and is likely to have ideas.
  3. Also, s/he may have access to other provisions and/or interventions.
  4. Should you not be satisfied by the response from the class teacher and the SENCO, you may like to approach the head teacher. She will then discuss your concerns with the class teacher and SENCO.

Secondary School

Different schools have different management systems, so you need to find out how the system works at your school. You may want to speak to       either the Year group leader, form tutor, subject leader, head of department or SENCO.

The discussion

  • Plan what your goal is and write down your questions, involving your child when possible. Collate reports, screenings, relevant correspondence from the school/outside agency.
  • Make sure you show respect to the teacher and value what they work very hard to do.
  • Listen and take time to consider what the teachers suggest. Be prepared to compromise and be open to plan B. Cooperation between parents and school staff is beneficial all round.
  • After the discussion any follow up is likely to be on-going. Work with the school to set goals and ensure each party knows what they will do and when the subsequent meeting(s) will take place.

 

Outside of school

The next step then is contacting a specialist dyslexia teacher to talk through your concerns. If you are at the beginning of your journey, then arranging a more in depth screening may be a good step to take. You may be ready to consider a full diagnostic assessment which is the only way of being certain whether your child is dyslexic or not.

You may want to consider private lessons with a dyslexia specialist or follow a multi-sensory programme yourself at home to see the difference that this makes to your child’s skills.

If you would like to discuss any of these options, then please contact me here.

I offer free online 15 minute chats to discuss your concerns which you can arrange by emailing or telephoning me .

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Author: Zoë Brown

I am a dyslexia specialist, qualified in assessing dyslexia and literacy related difficulties as well as tutoring dyslexic children and those who need additional literacy support. Having been diagnosed as dyslexic at an early age, I have a personal understanding of both the challenges and advantages that dyslexia brings. I feel strongly that when given the right support and positive encouragement, dyslexic people of all ages can excel in confidence and academic attainment.

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