Dyslexia Support: Getting The Help You Need For Dyslexic Children

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Dyslexic children need a variety of people in their lives that can support them. Dyslexia is a learning disability, children with dyslexia have special educational needs. They need dyslexia aware, supportive teachers, family, friends, to help them thrive.

Parents and carers of dyslexic children also need this extra support too. They need a network of people and resources that can help them, best help them help their dyslexic child at home. Support can be found the following places:

How can I help my child if they have dyslexia?

There are many ways to help a dyslexic child. They can include getting extra support at school, learning about dyslexia and finding ways to support a dyslexic child at home. If you think your child has dyslexia and you want to help them, start by:

  • Speaking to the child's teacher - Ask for extra support to be put in place at school, by organising an individual learning plan.
  • Requesting online dyslexia screening test - Ask teachers to organise an online screening test, to see if the child has common signs of dyslexia.
  • Organising a formal dyslexia assessment - Formal assessments can diagnosis a child with dyslexia and to understand the child's dyslexia needs.  
  • Learning about dyslexia - It can be helpful for parents/carers and teachers to understand dyslexia. By looking at online dyslexia resources, blogs and websites.
  • Finding dyslexia friendly activities - Support the child at home in a dyslexic friendly way. Find activities that can help them read and write in a dyslexic friendly way.
  • Managing Emotions - Dyslexia is about more than just struggling with reading and writing. Learn to help the dyslexia child deal with strong emotions, low self-esteem and poor organisation.
  • Using Mooki Cards - The Mooki Cards below contain 10 minute activities to help the whole child at home and in the classroom. Designed by mum of dyslexic child and qualified teacher.

To learn more about how to get help form schools, formal dyslexia assessments and individual learning plans. See "Get Help" section on the Dyslexic Mum blog.

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What is a child with dyslexia entitled to UK?

Dyslexia is recognised as learning disability in the UK and is protected under the 2010 equality act. This means that dyslexic children are entitled to extra support at school. For reasonable adjustments to be made in the classroom and during exams. Dyslexic children should be treated as SEN children and given a special plan to help them learn best. The extra support and reasonable adjustments a dyslexic child should get can include:

  • Individual Learning Plan
  • Teaching Assistant Support
  • Dyslexia Friendly Teaching
  • Assistive Technology
  • Extra Time in Exams

To learn more about dyslexia friendly teaching tools see "Dyslexia Reading Aids, To Help Child Read & Write Easier".

How to Help A dyslexic child at Home

Dyslexic children benefit from being given extra support at home. A child will dyslexia may struggle to read and write at school. this can affect their behaviour, emotions and confidence. Dyslexia can also make it hard for a child to be organised, independent, that can effect their motivation to complete tasks. to help a dyslexic child at home use activities that help them in the following areas:

  • Reading, writing
  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Managing Emotions
  • Organisation
  • Self-esteem
  • Carer Ambitions

For practical tools and advice to help a dyslexic child at home, see links below:

Support Bubble Card

The Mooki Cards contain a “Support Bubble” card. To help you find extra support for you and your dyslexic child. Use the card below on your phone or tablet for free!

This card is based on scientific research, on "Virtual Communities of Practise".

Grow Your Dyslexia Support Bubble

  • Caring for a dyslexic child can be particularly challenging. It can be very tiring, confusing and frustrating. You may struggle to know where to get the extra help the child needs. This can be very stressful and isolating for a parent, career. Leading to feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression.
  • Legally schools have to provide support for children with special educational needs. The child’s school will have a (SENCO), Special Educational Needs Coordinator. You can speak to them about organising extra dyslexia support for the child.
  • On-line are many dyslexia charities and organisations. That offer workshops, advice about how to help dyslexic children. Such as the “British Dyslexia Association” and “Made By Dyslexia”. I have also set-up the “Dyslexic Mum Support Group U.K” on Facebook. My group is open to anyone that supports a dyslexic child and is a supportive friendly community.

Learn more about how to support a dyslexic child, see "British Dyslexia Association Advice".

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Top Tips from Dyslexic Mum

  • You are not Alone - Parents of dyslexic children are struggling to get the help they need. Everyday on my Facebook “Dyslexic Mum Support Group U.K”, I speak to stressed mums, parents, and careers. The help is out there, but they struggle to find it or understand what help their child needs. If you are struggling, join this support group and get help with any questions you have.
  • Ask for Help - Grow your support bubble, never be afraid to ask for help. It is not a sign of weakness, people like it if you ask for help, it makes them feel valued and trusted.  
  • Time for yourself - Help can be small things that make a big difference. Dyslexic children can need a lot of extra help with homework, organisation, behaviour. Ask for support to give yourself a break, such your child going out for a playdate. If you are stressed and tired you won’t be able to help to the best of your ability. It is important to find time for yourself:)

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