Getting my little girl do anything was struggle. Frustrated I would myself saying things like. "Do I have to keep asking you to pick your toys up?" or "How many times do I have to tell you to stop?". I felt like she did not listen to me or did not want to follow instructions.
When my little girl started to read and write, it became clearer that like me, she was dyslexic. I started to realise that maybe it was not, that she was not listening to me. That maybe she did not understand what she was being asked to do. To help my little girl understand instructions I started to use the idea on the card below. Use this idea to help your dyslexic child too.
Hear Instructions Card
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Dyslexia can effect children in many different ways. It is an issue with how the brain processes information. So this can mean the child struggles to, learn to write or to take in verbal information.
The dyslexic brain thinks better in pictures, then in words. So if a dyslexic child is given a spoken instruction. Their brain may struggle to take it in and understand the information. This is called "Auditory Dyslexia".
Getting a dyslexic child to repeat back instructions they have heard helps them. This repetition makes the child more likely to remember and the understand the instructions.
Say it Back - Check the dyslexic child has understood your instructions, by getting them to say it back to you. This helps show that they have heard you correctly.
Do they Understand - Then ask them, "Do you understand what you need to do?" If they are unsure, you can talk to them about what they need to do. Try showing them objects, pictures, do a demonstration. The dyslexic brain works better by seeing things, then by hearing words.
Simple Task - At first practise following verbal instructions with the child. By asking them do simple tasks or to answer simple questions. This will help the child become more comfortable with asking follow-up questions. Knowing it is ok not to understand and to ask for more help understanding.