The Importance of Balancing the Summer Time for Dyslexic Children

Successful adults with dyslexia share one trait – the motivation to learn about high-interest topics. Fostering the areas of interest and supporting struggling readers via printed text can help them overcome some barriers. With those extra hours and the tools – Reader and Font – it can be a great help in practicing, reading or spelling while having fun, which summer is all about!

Most of the children feel relieved when school is over and the summer vacation began. No more school activities – homework or assigned books. They are thrilled the summer has finally arrived because that means a lot of free time to play and do what they essentially want – to be free from any kind of obligation. However, parents with dyslexic children may find summertime a bit challenging, in terms of maintaining the balance between play, rest and continuous learning and working with their children. Also, the same practice of balancing is necessary for the students and grown-ups with dyslexia. 

In other words, for the willing readers, the summer offers a great opportunity to continue engaging with their reading activities. For others, with reading disabilities or difficulties, the summer months 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 and that it’s recommended to continue with the reading activities, which are fun and fulfilling, not frustrating.

Also here are a few suggestions about how to balance therapy and tutoring throughout the summer:

First, talk with your child and find out what he or she is genuinely interested in. 

If your child is interested in trying something new this summer, then look for short-term opportunities as some workshops – possibly in a local art center, public library, museum, theater, sports center, etc. 

Another thing that you can do is engage a high school or college student with similar interests (who often seek for an extra job through the summer, or are willing to volunteer) and create a work & play environment. 

To sum up,

the most important thing is to maintain and enhance one’s self-esteem and experiencing being «good at something». 

That’s why picking the right activities through summer in which you child can engage successfully will help bolster self-esteem and increase motivation, which later can carry over into perseverance during challenging situations. 

So, find out what your child wants to do this summer and go have some fun!

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