Talking to Children About Dyslexia
One of the most important ways to support a child with learning differences is to communicate openly and often. Choose times and places where you are both relaxed. You can start a discussion by asking questions about the child’s experience at school, your own experiences, or observations about the child’s strengths and challenges. Use clear, accurate language to explain dyslexia and how it may affect learning. Be honest if you don’t know something, and use it as an opportunity to investigate together. Acknowledge challenges and difficult feelings, while keeping the overall tone and message positive. Most importantly, make sure the child knows they have your unconditional love and support.
Here are excellent articles and scripts for talking about dyslexia:
PDF article with short tips on what to say and why
PDF article written for parents with anecdotes and examples
PDF handout listing talking points, with additional books and resources
Link to three-minute YouTube video with brain-based explanation of dyslexia created by and for school-age children