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Supporting children and students with dyslexia

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You can support your child at home to develop some of these skills with minimal training.

About dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects a child or young person’s ability to read accurately and fluently despite having the ability to learn. When children are unable to read and spell with high levels of accuracy, they are more likely to experience problems in reading comprehension, which can prevent the development of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Find out more about dyslexia including:

  • understanding dyslexia
  • common myths.

Everyday activities

Parents and guardians can support their child’s dyslexia and expand their vocabulary by:

  • talking with their child on a range of topics
  • daily reading
  1. playing word games.

Support programs for families

There are many programs and products that claim to help with dyslexia. If you’re looking for a tutor, ask them if their program is Orton-Gillingham based or multisensory.

The best programs and products:

  • focus on the re-teaching and revisiting letter-sound associations (phonics based programs)
  • slowly build new learning onto previous learning
  • move at the student’s pace
  • allow for lots of revision and practice
  • are multisensory, meaning that practice with sounds and letters will have a student saying sounds and letter names aloud (hearing), reading (seeing) and writing (feeling) all at the same time.

Beat Dyslexia is a step-by-step multi-sensory literacy program for children with dyslexia, beginning with single letter-sound links and continuing through to blends, digraphs, short and long vowels, and complex spelling patterns.

Toe by Toe is a highly structured reading program that combines a multisensory approach with a memory bonding technique.

ABC Reading Eggs is a visually appealing computer program that supports literacy development through phonics-based games. There are 120 lessons suitable for children aged 4 to 7.

The Dyslexia SPELD Foundation provide further examples of high quality, evidence-based phonics programs and advice on how to support people with dyslexia.

Your child's school can provide more information about dyslexia programs. They have access to specialist support staff like psychologists, speech pathologists and special educators who can support your child thrive.

Your child's school can provide more information about a particular program. They have access to specialist support staff (like psychologists, speech pathologists and special educators) who can advise and support them in helping your child thrive.

Programs for education and care staff

Sounds-Write – an evidence-based linguistic phonics program utilising a highly successful approach to the teaching of reading, spelling, and writing.

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar are multi-sensory synthetic phonics programs that include activities and games for reading and spelling in addition to the main teaching content.

Contact your child's school for more information.