Homeschooling with Dyslexia

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Definition: “A general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.”

Definition from Oxford Languages

Dyslexia falls under Neurodiversity. I find that it can be quite challenging to navigate this when you are homeschooling. As a parent you may struggle to know how to support and accommodate your child in this area. I have compiled a list of resources that I am aware of but I am always looking for more.

Often the symptoms and signs of people with dyslexia symptoms can be difficult to recognize. Paying close attention to your child development will help you determine if they are suffering from dyslexia or simply have trouble learning during the early stages of development that will disappear as they get older.

If you want to learn more about dyslexia take a look at this checklist for detecting signs of learning disability and take free online dyslexia tests to identify your child’s symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Dyslexia?

Some common symptoms include problems with:

  • letter and world reversals
  • decoding words
  • rhyming words
  • Reading aloud
  • telling directions
  • dysnomia or recalling names or words
  • spelling
  • words problems in math.
  • jokes, punch lines, sarcasm and inferences
  • following a series of written or aural directions
  • mispronouncing words

Early signs of dyslexia

According to the LDRFA (see more here https://www.ldrfa.org/how-to-spot-early-signs-dyslexia-children/) the first thing to consider when diagnosing dyslexia is a person’s family history. The disorder is passed down genetically, meaning that a person is more likely to have it if their parents or grandparents had it. 

It’s important to note that dyslexia can skip generations. Since dyslexia wasn’t well known it was often misdiagnosed. Thus, older adults who were afflicted were thought to have difficulty in reading rather than being dyslexic. Making it hard to determine the number of people suffering from dyslexia in previous generations.

Below are general signs that are usually seen in each age group:

Preschoolers

· Find it difficult to learn the alphabets
· Don’t understand rhyming patterns
· Mispronounce words a lot

Grade schoolers

· Read slower than their counterparts
· Can’t separate between certain letters
· Struggle to read because of the deficiency to sound words
· Don’t connect letters to their phonics
· Struggle to follow instructions
· Misspell easy words
· Write slowly

Older kids

· Have messy handwriting
· Take a longer time to finish their tests
· Write slowly
· Speak slowly
· Don’t read out aloud
· Use wrong words (dictionary) while reading or writing
· Use a lot of fillers (umm, uhh) while they talk

If you suffered from these early signs and symptoms of dyslexia and had not suffered any loss of vision or hearing, then chances are that you might be suffering from dyslexia.

Benefits of Homeschooling a child with Dyslexia

  • Allows for the necessary individualized instruction in all subject areas: reading, spelling, composition, and comprehension.
  • Allows for kids to focus on areas of interest and for lessons to be planned around those interests.
  • Allows for freedom from being measured against peers, day in and day out, with no learning difficulties.
  • Allows for your child to work at their own pace using resources that work best with their individual strengths.
  • Homeschooling necessarily avoids the rigid scheduling and standardized testing {and the practice of teaching to the test} that is required in the public schools.

Dyslexic Gifts

  • Dyslexics often enjoy and excel at solving puzzles.
  • Dyslexics have excellent comprehension of the stories read or told them.
  • Most dyslexics often have a better sense of spatial relationships and better use of their right brain.
  • Dyslexics have excellent thinking skills in the areas of conceptualization, reason, imagination, and abstraction.
  • Dyslexics have a strong ability to see concepts with a “big picture” perspective.
  • Dyslexics are adept to excellence in areas not dependent on reading.
  • Dyslexics typically have a large spoken vocabulary for their age.
  • Dyslexics tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than average.
  • Dyslexics’ special mode of thought easily produces the gift of mastery.
  • Dyslexia is not related to low intelligence.

Solutions for Dyslexia

  • Research has proven that explicit, systematic phonics can actually help ‘rewire’ the brain and help dyslexic students learn to read.
  • The use of the Orton-Gillingham approach can significantly compensate for the language learning and processing problems that arise from dyslexia.
  • Dyslexics score significantly higher on test when they are given additional time and given the test orally.
  • Dyslexics do best when directions are two steps or fewer. They often get confused and frustrated with a long list of “to dos” or directions.
  • The more important, consistent, frequent, multi-sensory, and emotionally reinforcing information is presented, the easier and more enduring language learning becomes for dyslexics.

LIST OF RESOURCES:

SPECIAL NEEDS ONLINE SCHOOL

  1. Saving Grace Special Needs Online Homeschool (Remedial CAPS curriculum) https://savinggracespecialneedshomeschool.co.za/
  2. EduExcellence https://www.eduexcellence.co.za/EduExcellence Online https://www.eduexcellence.co.za/satellites
  3. Acellus Academy https://www.acellusacademy.com/special-needs/
  4. WiloStar3D Aspergers Homeschooling https://wilostar3d.com/aspergers-homeschooling-2/
  5. Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/special-needs/dyslexia/

SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES

  1. Funschooling Special Needs https://www.funschooling.com/special-needs-bookstoreDylexia/ ADHD https://www.funschooling.com/dyslexia-games  Dyscalculia https://www.funschooling.com/dyscalculia-games-math-craft
  2. Homeschooling with Dyslexia https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/
  3. ADHD Intensive https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/adhd-intensive/  and https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/adhd-intensive/#join 
  4. Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia https://goodsensorylearning.com/pages/about-dyslexia-materials        
  5. Good Sensory Learning: Dyslexia Materials https://goodsensorylearning.com/pages/about-dyslexia-materials        
  6. Dog on a Log Books: All DOG ON A LOG Books follow a Structured Literacy/Orton-Gillingham based phonics sequence. https://dogonalogbooks.com/      
  7. This Reading Mama: Dyslexia https://thisreadingmama.com/what-is-dyslexia/    
  8. International Dyslexia Association: Dyslexia Handbook https://dyslexiaida.org/ida-dyslexia-handbook/   
  9. The Secret Stories: Phonics for Dyslexia https://www.thesecretstories.com/category/phonics-for-dyslexia/
  10. Homeschooling with Dyslexia https://homeschoolingwithdyslexia.com/can-really-homeschool-child-dyslexia/
  11. Reading Horizons: At Home Solutions https://athome.readinghorizons.com/homeschool-reading
  12. The LDRFA Assistive Technology https://www.ldrfa.org/assistive-technology/ and https://www.ldrfa.org/tips-for-writing-for-students-with-dyslexia-and-adhd-in-college/

PHONICS & READING

  1. Foundations Logic of English https://foundations.logicofenglish.com/        
  2. Explode the Code https://www.explodethecode.com/         
  3. All about Reading https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading/      
  4. McRuffy Language Arts https://mcruffy.com/pages/mcruffy-online           
  5. Total Language Plus https://totallanguageplus.com/           
  6. Excellence in Literature https://totallanguageplus.com/     
  7. Gather Round Ready to Read https://gatherroundhomeschool.com/blogs/news/ready-to-read    
  8. Reading Eggs https://readingeggs.co.za/      
  9. Starfall Reading Resources https://www.starfall.com/h/     
  10. Reading Bear https://www.readingbear.org/           

SPELLING & VOCABULARY

  1. Wordly Wise 3000 http://wordlywise3000.com/      
  2. All about Spelling https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-spelling/      
  3. Spelling You See https://spellingyousee.com/
  4. Spelling Wisdom https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/spelling-wisdom/
  5. Total Language Plus Vocab/Spelling https://totallanguageplus.com/
  6. Vocabulary Lists https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/
  7. WordUp App https://www.wordupapp.co/
  8. Zinc Learning Labs https://www.zinclearninglabs.com/
  9. Vocabu-Lit Series https://www.perfectionlearning.com/middle-school/middle-school-lang-art/vocabu-lit.html
  10. Twinkl Word Roots https://www.twinkl.co.za/teaching-wiki/root-words
  11. WordBuild Online https://wordbuildonline.com/
  12. Sequential Spelling Online https://www.sequentialspelling.com/static/ss_online.php
  13. Home Spelling Words Free Online Games https://www.homespellingwords.com/spelling-games
  14. A Reason For Spelling https://homeschool.areasonfor.com/collections/spelling
Happy Homeschooling! 
Hanlie

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