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How can I help a 13 year with Dislexia to read? His mother had him in Special Education all these years. I really don't know what is taught in Spec. Ed. but this child doesn't know how to read, math, or anything he should know. I appreciate any help you can give me. I also apologize for posting this question, mistakenly in the answers section. Thank you.




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How can I help a 13 year with Dislexia to read? His mother had him in Special Education all these years. I really don't know what is taught in Spec. Ed. but this child doesn't know how to read, math, or anything he should know. I appreciate any help you can give me. I also apologize for posting this question, mistakenly in the answers section. Thank you.


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LiviaMcCoy writes:
This is an excellent question. Fortunately, there is a lot of research about how dyslexics (and ALL children) learn to read. This research is published and free online. Search for the "National Reading Panel" to find it. In short, reading instruction needs to be structured and multi-sensory. It begins with making sure children know all the sounds in language and can associate them with the letters that make the sounds. Then they need "systematic and explicit instruction" in phonics. Later they work on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. You might look for a tutor who is skilled in Orton-Gillingham teaching.
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Jaredsue writes:
Try not to overwhelm him with books that are to hard. Have him read easy books over and over to memorize common words. Please don't say the words for him unless he asks. He will shut down and give up. Yes, I know I am a 53 year old with dislexia. He will never be a great speller but can learn to enjoy books if you find some that he is intrested in. It can be harder for boys because they are more active. But don't give up. He needs to read out loud every day for 10 minutes and to himself for 20 before he gets to play something he loves. There are lots of us out here. Way more than I ever dreamed there were.
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diplomatica writes:
To: LiviaMcCoy & Jaredsue Than you so much for your answers; they are both very helpful. I'm going to try both of your recommendations, although he's advanced a bit by himself since he started communicating with other people on Facebook. Again, thank you, and have a nice afternoon.
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laura writes:
when I put my kids in school 2 years ago I told then that my child is dyslexic. just like I do but they said that they would have to test him. he was in second grade for 2 years and is now in third grade. and what ever
there doing is not helping. what do I do is there any place I can turn to for help. the school does not seen to be helping. it seems like they don't care that there r kids that have dyslexics they r more worried about the way there hair is or what there wearing. what happen to all the teachers and schools that actually want to help the kids? what do I do?
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LiviaMcCoy writes:
Laura, you have the right to ask the school to test your child. Most states no longer use the term dyslexia. If he is diagnosed as having a specific language learning disability, that probably means he is dyslexic. Ask for him to be placed in an Orton-Gillingham program to teach him how to read. Once you ask for the testing, they should respond within a reasonable amount of time. I wish you luck in getting help for your child.
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laura writes:
ok I will try that thanks
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