To match your child with the right dyslexia program, a doctor or educational specialist will do tests to see how well he reads and writes. An educational psychologist can also do tests to find out if his learning issues are due to problems like depression or ADHD. Once you have a firm diagnosis, you can work with your child's doctor, teacher, and educational specialists to create a learning plan.
Your child can work with a reading specialist to learn how to:
Sound out letters and words (“phonics”)
Understand more of what he reads
Write more clearly
Talk to your child's school about getting help to address his unique learning needs. The law requires schools to set up special learning plans, called Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), for kids with learning disorders like dyslexia. An IEP describes your child's needs and how the school will help meet them. You and the school will update the plan each year based on your child's progress.
School isn't the only place where your child can learn. You can also help foster reading and writing skills at home. Read with your child whenever you can. Help him sound out words he has trouble with.
Read in a quiet place with no distractions.
Listen to books on CD or computer, and read along with the recording.
Break up reading and other tasks into small pieces that are more manageable.
Ask for extra help from your teacher or manager when you need it.
Join a support group for kids or adults with dyslexia.
Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods.