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Home Schooling A Dyslexic Child

Nov 19, 2007
Dyslexia is a learning disability that is caused by the manner by which the brain processes words, whether verbal or written. This disability usually becomes apparent in reading and spelling. It has no relation whatsoever to intelligence, senses such as sight or hearing, or insufficient instruction.

Dyslexia becomes evident normally when a child is of school age. Some schools offer special programs that help dyslexic children cope with their learning disability. Others, however, do not. In this case, parents have to deal with their child's learning disability on their own. The best approach to helping a child cope with dyslexia is home schooling. Through home schooling, parents can give their dyslexic children the individual attention and instruction that they need.

Benefits of Home schooling

One of the benefits that home schooling has for a dyslexic child is the individual instruction that a parent is able to give the child. Parents can customize their child's lessons to meet his or her needs. They can spend more time on reading and spelling, which are the main problem areas for dyslexic children.

Another benefit from home schooling a dyslexic child is that the child will no longer be exposed to a negative environment. He or she will no longer have to constantly compete with other children in terms of learning and understanding. He or she will no longer have to be on the defensive with respect to his or her learning disability.

At home, the child can learn at his or her own pace. He or she will no longer have to hide his or her learning disability. The child can finally be comfortable and confident enough to learn despite the dyslexia. Parents can access a wealth of teaching materials as well as information on how to help dyslexic children cope with their learning disability.

Finally, the child will be able to get the much needed support that most schools cannot provide. This support may not only come from his or her parents, but also from support groups that parents who home school their dyslexic children may have formed.

Challenges of Home schooling

The relationship that a parent has with his or her child as a teacher and a student is one of the main challenges of home schooling a dyslexic child. The child has to open up about his or her dyslexia to his or her parents, who in turn must be supportive of him or her. The parent has to do a lot of research in order to determine what to teach, the method by which to educate the child, and the tools or materials needed to help the child cope with dyslexia.

Parents who find the challenge of home schooling their dyslexic child too great might have to consider hiring a professional to educate their child from home. They might also want to consider having their child undergo regular testing in order to assess their child's progress. The costs of having to consult with professionals may place the parents under financial strain.

No cost is too great nor any challenge too difficult for the parent who chooses to home school his or her child. A home schooled dyslexic child is equipped with the best education and support system to help him or her deal with a manageable learning disorder, preparing him or her for a bright future ahead.
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