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Your Child will learn to read, write and spell...believe it....commit to it....and IT WILL HAPPEN.

    "The teacher has your child in their class for one year, you have them for life."

Parents make the best advocates for their children.


Every child can learn and  has two wonderful resources for learning, imagination and curiosity.  As a parent, you can awaken your child to the joy of learning by encouraging their imagination and curiosity.  You can help your child discover their talents, cultivate their strengths, develop their hidden gifts, conquer challenges, develop independence and fulfill dreams.  A study conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found children whose parents maintained consistent involvement in their children’s education are more likely to succeed academically.  Parental involvement looked at by the study included communication, emphasizing reasonable academic expectations, reading together and attending school functions/events.  The study concluded parental involvement had a substantial impact on the student’s success. 

You can help you child by understanding their condition.  Dyslexia takes many forms. Some children have mild forms of dyslexia while others have more severe forms.  Parents who learn about dyslexia and the specific aspects of dyslexia applicable to their child are better prepared to help their child.  Some children reverse letters, others see words backwards.  Most children with dyslexia have trouble recognizing phonemes, the basic sound of speech.  The “b” sound in the word “bat” is a phoneme.  Children often struggle to connect the letter symbol “b” with the sound the “b” makes in the word “bat”.  They also struggle to blend sounds into words.  They have difficulties learning the graphemes associated with each phoneme.  A grapheme is a letter or group of letters that represent the most common spellings of individual phonemes.  Lacking the ability to recognize phonemes and graphemes, children have difficulty recognizing short words or sounding out longer words.  Sounding out a word is hard work, taking a long time, making reading difficult and slow.  Spending so much effort sounding out the word frequently causes the meaning of the word to be lost which results in low reading comprehension.  Children with dyslexia often have difficulty with spelling, which comes as no surprise.  Children with dyslexia work harder than other children with less success in reading, writing and other academic subjects.  They often experience less success than other children, which means they need praise and recognition from their parents for the success they do achieve. 

Parents can help their dyslexic children learn the 44 phonemes and the associated graphemes.  Mastering the phonemes is not easy as seen in the following example. The phoneme /k/ is represented by the graphemes c, k, ck, ch, cc and que.  Example words for this phoneme/grapheme combination include cat, kitten, duck, school, occur, antique and cheque.  Before the child can read the word duck, they must learn the letters, the /k/ phoneme sound and the “ck” grapheme.  None of this is automatic or easy for children with dyslexia.  As your child masters these skills, it is important to recognize and celebrate their success. 

Strong parental support makes a huge difference in the life and abilities of a child with dyslexia.  Recognizing and rewarding small accomplishments will improve your child’s self-image, making them a better learner.