Successful adults with dyslexia share one trait. The motivation to learn about high-interest topics. To foster the areas of interest and support struggling readers via printed text helps to overcome some barriers. Tools like Reader and Font can be a great help in practicing, reading or spelling while having fun. Isn’t summer all about that?
Most of the children feel relieved when school is over and the summer vacation began. No more school activities – homework or assigned books. The thrill of the summer has finally arrived. That means a lot of free time to play and do what they want – to be free from any kind of obligation. Yet, parents with dyslexic children may find summertime a bit challenging. They have to maintain the balance between play, rest, continuous learning and working with their children. The same balance is necessary for the students and grown-ups with dyslexia.
Inspire Dyslexics To Be Willing Readers
For the willing readers, the summer may offer a great opportunity to engage with reading activities. For others, the summer may offer a break from reading and its struggles. The research shows that the «summer setback» is a critical time for the regression of ability levels. It’s recommended to continue with the reading activities. Try the ones which are fun and fulfilling, not frustrating.
Here are a few suggestions on how to balance therapy and tutoring throughout the summer:
- First, talk with your child and find out what interests him or her.
- Look for short-term opportunities as some workshops. Like ones in the local art center, public library, museum, theater, sports center, etc.
- Engage a high school or college student with similar interests. The best if they seek for an extra job through the summer, or are willing to volunteer and create work & play environment.
Build Self Esteem and Motivate Dyslexic Children
The most important thing is to maintain and enhance one’s self-esteem and experiencing being «good at something».
Picking the right activities through summer in which you child can engage successfully will help bolster self-esteem and increase motivation. Later they can carry it over into perseverance during challenging situations.
So, find out what your child wants to do this summer and go have some fun!