So for the past week my blog and book have been neglected while me and the girls get used to the school routine again.
Both have enjoyed being back at school more so my eldest, who loves her new teacher and the friends she has made. But in the week she came back, quieter than usual, and the next morning she did not want to go back to school.
I sat and spoke to her and she explained how she was trying to read a sentence to her teacher and because she had got confused and read the wrong line the teacher had told her she was beginning to get cross with her. I know to some this may sound a bit silly, but to my child this tiny thing changed her whole attitude towards school.
You see when a child/adult has dyslexia some times you can lose your lines, you easily can get confused or words move and get muddled up. And for someone to point out your mistake or begins to get frustrated with you, it can knock their confidence.
Of corse I went into school that day and spoke with my daughters teacher from last year, as she had worked so hard and did so much research for ways to help my daughter while she was in her class.
I explained the situation, to which she was not pleased with my daughters new teacher and went off to speak to her.
When she came back she was livid with the fact that my daughters new teacher had implied she had lied and put my daughter on the spot suggesting she could go into a different class with a new teacher.
I try my very best to have a close relationship with my daughters teachers, I have meeting with my eldest teachers every term to find out her progress and if there is anything I could do at home to help.
It’s frustrating as a parent who also has dyslexia, remembering my experiences and being told stories by my mum about how let down I was by some of my teachers, and how they would reassure my mum that everything was being done at school to help me learn and understand, when really it wasn’t. I would be told I was lazy, teachers stopped trying to help me, I would get shouted at if I hadnt wrote enough down in my homework book or if I couldn’t read out loud.
I have looked online ways to help some parents whose children live with dyslexia. Guide lines to explain to your children’s teachers that could help them and help the teachers understand.
- Don’t ask a student to stand up and read in front of a class. They could miss read and get confused, causing them to feel embarrassed.
- Don’t punish them for forgetting homework/books and PE kits. With dyslexia it’s so easy to forget thing.
- Don’t call or imply they are lazy. Children with dyslexia have to work harder than others, and finds it harder to stay focused when reading and writing.
- Expect less written work. It can be difficult to get what they are thinking written on paper, give them a little more extra time.
- Explain the work and give more detail.
- Do not ask them to copy off a board or out of a book.
- Use coloured paper when printing sheets or homework. Away to help them focus and may stop words moving.
- Allow homework to be done on a computer.
These are just a few things that could help a child with dyslexia at school also having regular meetings with the teacher to see how they are helping to support your child.