Tips, Advice, and Networks to Support Your Family when Homeschooling with Dyslexia
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Experts in the fields of reading and special education may disagree about what dyslexia truly is and how it is caused, and there are a variety of factors that can cause difficulties with reading, but you need only consider the child you have in front of you who has many strengths and interests but also struggles in school. Your child may have difficulties with phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension—the National Reading Panel’s Big 5—and the challenges may be evident not only in ELA, but also in other subjects like science, social studies, and math. However, your child likewise has many assets—strengths, personality features, interests, etc.—all of which you are most aware and can use to help your child succeed.
Knowing how to teach kids with dyslexia requires work, but you chose to take on this challenge and are motivated to see your child reach full potential. You are uniquely positioned to provide strategies and techniques (which you can learn) while positively and lovingly supporting your child through the process. More good news is that there are plenty of resources and other families who are homeschooling with dyslexia who can help. Some advice may not apply to your unique child, but knowing where to look for knowledge and support is the first step.
To get you started, we have put together some resources for you:
|Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling with Dyslexia|
|Homeschooling with Dyslexia Support Groups|
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Tips and Considerations for Homeschooling with Dyslexia
How do you teach a child with dyslexia? Special education teachers spend years learning just how to do that. How are you—without that special training—going to be effective? Well, special education teachers need to know how to teach all kinds of different learners. You need only focus on the learning profile of your own child. You know your child best, and you can learn strategies that can help your child succeed. Here are some resources to explore as you start your own learning:
Dyslexia Homeschool Curriculum: The Benefits to Teaching Your Child at Home | Calvert Education
Explore the benefits of homeschooling your child with dyslexia here.
Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia | Time4Learning
Learn strategies for teaching reading, writing, grammar, and math to students with dyslexia. Find out about how to find the best homeschool curriculum for dyslexia and what Time4Learning can offer you.
Homeschooling Course for Dyslexia – Online Course for Parents | Dyslexic Advantage $
This course “is designed for parents, grandparents, family friends, and tutors who wish to help K-12 students prepare for remote schooling for the upcoming year.”
Homeschooling Dyslexia – Pros & Cons for Your Child | Good Sensory Learning
Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling your child with dyslexia, suggested steps and strategies for doing so, and the many roles you will be taking on as the homeschool parent.
What to Know about Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia | Very Well Family
Discover the benefits and challenges of homeschooling a child with dyslexia, as well as some useful tips and resources.
Why Homeschool a Dyslexic Child? | LDOnline?
Written by the International Dyslexia Association and Michael Minsky, this article explains the challenges and benefits of homeschooling a child with dyslexia, how to get started, and some suggestions and tips.
Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling with Dyslexia
Every family who is homeschooling with dyslexia may have different experiences, but sometimes reading about the successes and challenges of others can benefit you. Use these stories for information and strategies, support and inspiration, or just for the knowledge that others are walking a similar path. Here are just a few stories from families like yours:
A Homeschooling Success Story
Mary Natwick, homeschooling mother whose son was diagnosed with dyslexia, tells her family’s story. Read this and get inspired!
Dyslexia 101: Truths, Myths and What Really Works
by Marianne Sunderland
“Marianne Sunderland writes from the unique perspective of a homeschooling mother of 8 children, 7 of whom are dyslexic. She says, “Writing about dyslexia is a passion of mine because of our own experience raising and teaching our kids with dyslexia. I know how it feels to be utterly confused by an otherwise bright child who just doesn’t ‘get’ reading. I know how overwhelming it was to search through web site after web site, book after book, searching for the answers. I know how many false starts and disappointments we went through before we found what really works. I saw how being unable to read and write well affected my kids as they grew up. How I wish I could go back, knowing what I know now and do things differently.” … Dyslexia 101 will guide parents as they seek to provide the very best education alternatives for their children; finding effective help and cultivating the many little-known strengths of the dyslexic learner.”
Homeschooling with Dyslexia
“You can teach your kids with dyslexia. We’re here to help.” This site by Marianne Sunderland (author of Dyslexia 101 and guest in the video above) helps you find information about dyslexia books, parent courses, and a mentoring program. Download a free 50-page guide for finding the best homeschool curriculum for dyslexia.
Notes on Dyslexia
Homeschooler, Karen Pennebaker, describes her perspective on dyslexia through her experiences with her son. See if her successes can help you!
Homeschooling with Dyslexia Support Groups
Information and stories may be helpful, but sometimes more direct connections with other homeschoolers are even better. You can join general homeschool support groups or special needs homeschool support groups, or you can participate in groups that are designed to support families who are homeschooling with dyslexia. Check out these to see if they are right for your family:
Charlotte Mason Homeschooling with Dyslexia
This is a private Facebook group for families homeschooling a child with dyslexia using the Charlotte Mason approach.
Dyslexia-Homeschool Support and Homework Help
This private Facebook group “was created to help parents of children with dyslexia improve their child’s learning experience as it relates to homeschooling and homework. It is intended to provide an avenue for parents to discuss tips, tricks, and programs that work for children with dyslexia.”
Homeschooling Dyslexic Kids
This private Facebook group “is a support group for homeschool families where we can be free to speak our heart and mind on the subject of dyslexia and our children…. We are here to lift one another up and help to lighten the load of others just starting out.”
Homeschooling with Barton
This private Facebook group “is for families that homeschool (or are considering it) and use the Barton Reading and Spelling system for students with dyslexia. Barton tutors are also welcome to join!”
Homeschooling with Dyslexia
“Homeschooling with Dyslexia exists to help parents and teachers get educated about learning differences like dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Our kids learn differently and need to be taught differently!” This is a public Facebook page where you can find information and resources and connect with other homeschoolers.
Homeschooling with Dyslexia & ADHD
“A place where homeschooling families of dyslexic, dysgraphic, or ADHD students can interact, advise and help each other problem-solve.”
Homeschooling Kids with Dyslexia & Other Special Needs
This private Facebook group is “open to PARENTS who homeschool or are considering homeschooling their children that have one or more diagnose(s) of Dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, FASD, FAS, ARND, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD, auditory processing issues, low IQ, math disabilities, writing disabilities or difficulties and other types of special needs. This is a place to find support and ideas but primarily a support group.”
Or you can look for local or regional dyslexia homeschooling support groups like these….
Decoding Dyslexia MS Homeschool Support
“We offer support to homeschooling families. Decoding Dyslexia-MS does not endorse or recommend any program or product.” The group is located in Meridian, MS.
Dyslexia Homeschool Australia
“A group for parents of dyslexic children in Australia who are also homeschooling. A place to share ideas, resources, and information and connect with others on a similar journey.”
Other Resources on Dyslexia
Resources that focus specifically on homeschooling with dyslexia are obviously most relevant, but you may want to look beyond those resources to find out what is happening in schools and organizations, read current research and expert opinions, or search for even more strategies. These resources may be places to start to simply learn more about dyslexia:
About Dyslexia & Reading Problems | Child Development Institute
This brief overview of dyslexia can get you started thinking.
Davis Dyslexia Association International
This website provides information and training based on the methods from the book, The Gift of Dyslexia, by Ronald Dell Davis. “This book outlines a unique and revolutionary program with a phenomenally high success rate in helping dyslexics learn to read and to overcome other difficulties associated with it. This new edition is expanded to include new teaching techniques and revised throughout with up-to-date information on research, studies, and contacts.”
Dyslexia Demystified | Dyslexics.org.uk
Susan Godsland, a retired linguistic phonics tutor, shares information, strategies, and resources for you as you teach your child to read, write, and spell at home.
Dyslexie Font for Dyslexics $
“Start working today with this amazing, effective typeface made especially for dyslexics. You can have a Lifetime of access as either a Home, School or Business user. Install the font (TTF files) directly on your computer(s), network and e-book. The font can be used the same as any other (usable in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud a.o) but is uniquely designed for people with dyslexia.”
Dyslexia Training Institute $
Find courses for interventions, like Orton-Gillingham and Structured Word Inquiry, and other topics, like special education law and reading comprehension strategies, that were created for parents as well as teachers and other professionals.
Jenny Burm, a woman who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 42, started this website to share her dyslexia with others and help those like her nephew, Maarten, and his parents understand what dyslexia is. Read this perspective about dyslexia and see if it helps you!
International Dyslexia Association
Explore the IDA’s informative site for fact sheets, webinars and workshops, free conference recordings, and all kinds of resources. Be sure to print their Homeschooling Fact Sheet and check out their IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know.
LD Resources Foundation Action (LDRFA)
Find information on dyslexia and assistive technology, as well as blog posts and links to resources.
This printable booklet was created by Jane Mitchell in 1996 through the Communication and Learning Skills Centre (CALSC) and offers a positive and constructive approach to dyslexia.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Led by Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., author of Overcoming Dyslexia, and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D., known experts in the field, this site provides a wealth of information about current research and science, as well as resources and success stories.
Also be sure to check out our Special Needs section for more information and resources to help you teach and support your homeschooler with dyslexia!
Do you have experience homeschooling with dyslexia? Share your suggestions or resources with other families in the comments below…. If you are new to this adventure, feel free to ask questions as well….