Dyslexia Parent Support - From Diagnosis to Game Plan™

The Art and Science of Parenting a Child with Dyslexia

About Childhood Dyslexia

Dyslexia Parent Support helps parents understand how dyslexia impacts the way a child processes language and can result in challenges with reading, writing, and spelling. It is far more common than most realize. In fact, dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and represents 80–90 percent of all those with learning disabilities. It is the most common of all neurocognitive disorders. Due to its pervasiveness, there are resources available online, but they are scattered across the internet and much misinformation is sprinkled throughout the good. Through Dyslexia Parent Support’s program, “From Diagnosis to Game Plan,” we will curate and provide trustworthy information and answer your questions as we guide you on this lifelong journey. Our goal is to empower you and your child to:

  • Understand the dyslexia diagnosis
  • Obtain the resources you need
  • Advocate for your child’s needs 
  • Be able to navigate the inevitable ups and downs you will face

Dyslexia Parent Support's Mission - A Letter to Parents of Children with Dyslexia

Dear Parents,

You only want the best for your child. After receiving a dyslexia diagnosis for your child, you might be confused right now about what comes next. You may be asking yourself a lot of questions. What is the best path for my child? What can I do as a parent to ease their struggles? What does the future look like?  Is everything going to be okay?

I understand that you want to do everything you can to support your child. I understand you may be feeling overwhelmed. I understand you may not even know where to start. You may feel scared or uncertain. These feelings are normal.

But you are not alone. You now have Dyslexia Parent Support. Through this program, I will help. I will help you understand the difficulties your child may face and the innumerable strengths they have. I will help you understand how to support your child. I will help you formulate a plan. And I will teach you how to put that plan into action.

A learner with dyslexia may need support, but so do their parents. We are in this together.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Bush, M.A., M.Ed., CALT, LDT

FAQs for Dyslexia Parent Support

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. At Dyslexia Parent Support, we know and understand that every situation is unique, and we are happy to schedule a call with you to better understand your journey with your child.

Receiving a dyslexia diagnosis for your child means that the path they are on is different from the one you thought they were on. That may take some time to adjust to, and you may develop a close relationship with information overload and frequent highs and lows along the journey. It is important to filter the good from the bad, understand the diagnosis, create a game plan, and put it into action. It is important to remember that dyslexia is not a measure of intelligence, and with the right support, children with dyslexia can achieve great success.

As a parent, receiving a dyslexia diagnosis for your child can evoke a range of emotions and questions about what lies ahead. It’s essential to remember that a dyslexia diagnosis is not a roadblock but rather a starting point for understanding and supporting your child’s unique learning needs. Here’s what you can expect as you embark on this journey:

  • Understanding Dyslexia: The first step after diagnosis is to gain a deeper understanding of dyslexia. A better understanding will help you make informed decisions and advocate effectively for your child.
  • Early Intervention and Support: Early intervention is crucial for children with dyslexia. Your child may benefit from specialized educational  services and interventions designed to address their unique learning needs. Our “From Diagnosis to Game Plan” program provides a roadmap for parents to navigate this process effectively.
  • Emotional Impact: It’s natural to experience a mix of emotions after the diagnosis. You may feel relieved to have answers but also worried about how this will impact your child’s future. Seeking support and connecting with other parents who have been through a similar experience can be immensely helpful.
  • Building a Support Network: Surrounding yourself with a supportive network of professionals, educators, and fellow parents can make a significant difference. Working together, you can develop strategies to help your child thrive academically and emotionally.
  • Advocacy and Communication: As a parent, you play a crucial role in advocating for your child’s needs and ensuring their voice is heard. Open communication with teachers and school administrators will help create a supportive learning environment.
  • A Lifelong Journey: Dyslexia is a lifelong condition, but with the right support and guidance, your child will lead a fulfilling and successful life. Embrace the journey and know that you are not alone in this process.

At Dyslexia Parent Support, we are dedicated to providing parents with the knowledge, tools, and support they need to navigate the challenges of dyslexia. Our program will empower you to be a confident advocate for your child and guide you toward fostering their success and well-being.

If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, it is natural to worry about how it will impact their self-esteem and ability to succeed. Here are some essential insights to consider:

  • Challenges and Strengths: Your child may face challenges in traditional reading and writing activities. However, dyslexia often comes with its own set of strengths, such as enhanced problem-solving skills, creativity, and spatial awareness. By focusing on their strengths, you can nurture their confidence and encourage their overall development.
  • Emotional Support: A dyslexia diagnosis can impact your child emotionally. They may experience frustration, self-doubt, or feelings of inadequacy. As a parent, offering emotional support and building their self-esteem is crucial. Surrounding your child with understanding and positivity can help them approach challenges with confidence.
  • Building Resilience: Facing challenges can build resilience in your child. Encourage them to embrace their dyslexia and view it as a unique aspect of themselves. Celebrate their accomplishments and progress, no matter how small, to boost their self-confidence.
  • Tailored Learning Strategies: Your child’s learning strategies may need to be adjusted to accommodate their dyslexia. You may need help understanding what accommodations and modifications schools and educators can provide and help building a team of academic support for you and your child.
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan: Your child may be eligible for an IEP or 504 plan, which outlines the necessary supports and services to help them achieve their academic goals.
  • Focus on Progress, Not Perfection: Celebrate the progress your child makes on their dyslexia journey. Set realistic goals and acknowledge their efforts. Remember that dyslexia is a lifelong journey, and progress is achieved through consistent support and patience.

The answer is an emphatic, “No!” You just need guidance to help your child learn how to learn. It is crucial to remember that dyslexia is not a reflection of your child’s intelligence or worth. As a parent, you play a vital role in helping your child learn and thrive. We are here to equip you with the tools and knowledge to make a positive impact on your child’s educational journey.

Statistics About Childhood Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common of all neurocognitive disorders. Understanding its prevalence can help us create a supportive community where parents and children can find strength and hope. Here are some facts about dyslexia:

  • Prevalence: Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, and approximately 15% to 20% of the population has symptoms of dyslexia. It is estimated that dyslexia occurs in about 80-90% of individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Age of Identification: Symptoms of dyslexia can be identified as early as preschool or kindergarten, though it may become more apparent as children progress through the early grades when reading and writing demands increase.
  • Gender: Dyslexia affects both boys and girls.
  • Heredity: Dyslexia tends to run in families. If a parent or sibling has dyslexia, there is an increased likelihood that another family member may also have it.
  • Impact on Academic Achievement: Without appropriate support and services, dyslexia can significantly impact academic achievement. However, with early identification and targeted interventions, many children with dyslexia can make significant progress and succeed in school.
  • Strengths and Challenges: Children with dyslexia often have unique strengths in areas such as problem-solving, creative thinking, and spatial reasoning. However, they may face challenges in reading fluency, decoding, spelling, and writing.
  • Emotional Impact: Dyslexia can have emotional consequences, leading to frustration, anxiety, and lowered self-esteem in some children. Early intervention and a supportive environment can help mitigate these emotional challenges.
  • Supports and Services: With early intervention, coupled with appropriate accommodations and support, children with dyslexia can thrive academically and reach their full potential. It is important for children experiencing symptoms of dyslexia to learn reading and writing skills effectively through structured literacy and academic language approaches. Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans can outline the necessary accommodations to provide a supportive learning environment.

Let’s Begin Your Journey to Success!

Despite the challenges that dyslexia may present, there is a wealth of hope and optimism. With early intervention, evidence-based strategies, and a supportive community, children with dyslexia can achieve remarkable success in academics and life. Let us embark on this journey together and pave the way for a brighter future for your child.