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Helping an Unmotivated Dyslexic Child

posted Nov 11, 2016, 4:54 PM by LD Teacher
Over the many years I've worked with children who have LD (such as dyslexia), I have learned that most of them would rather refuse to try rather than to try and fail. It's their only self-defense against feeling like a failure. Your willingness to make accommodations is a very appropriate approach - and it is not simply "spoon feeding!" You have some insights, clearly, about ways to get him involved and interested, but I suspect that you are limiting your view of what homeschooling should be because of thinking that your son's classroom experiences should reflect the model of schooling you had when you went to school! It's a logical place to start for most parents, but when you have a struggling dyslexic student, you may find that the "traditional" pencil/paper, sit at a desk model of school is a poor fit for your son! Are you willing to think outside that box to help him and continue to feed his hungry mind with the information he is capable of learning!? In my new book, Teaching a Child with Special Needs at Home and at School, I discuss this in the chapter on dyslexia. Let me emphasize a key point: Try to always teach your son at the level he can learn -- not at his reading level! That means you can add DVD's, field trips, experience-based learning in topics that capture his imagination, use hands-on learning tasks, etc. etc. Assess his progress for now with oral testing or giving him a task to do that requires him to use what you've taught -- like building a model or drawing a chart or picture. I think you get the idea! Please do not give up! You can only imagine how he'd be left behind in a one-size fits everyone classroom!