Advice for parents
The first advice we can give to parents is to observe their child in doing their homework and to pay attention to any “alarm bells” of a DSA.Recognize and accept that their child may have some school difficulties (and maybe a DSA) is the first step to help you because it allows you to intervene and support it.
If you think you have a child with learning difficulties, you should contact specialists who can do a DIAGNOSIS and ascertain if it is a DSA.
If there is a diagnosis of DSA, it is necessary that the parents inform the school of diagnosis and deliver it to the secretariat to be registered . This will allow the school to activate all indications to protect the right to education for students with DSA, as expressed by the law 170/2010.
Once the problem has been given a name to the diagnosis of DSA, many parents wonder how they can help their child achieve the full autonomy he needs to regain confidence in himself. Over the years, the ever deeper knowledge and experience of those who have already passed through it have made it possible to draw up a sort of advice that we hope will be useful.
First of all you must be aware of the fact that your child is dyslexic and that this is not your fault or the school’s fault or the child’s fault. Dyslexia is characteristic, as can the color of the eyes or hair. Accept it and try to grasp the positive aspects to face it to the fullest.
Your child is the first person who knows he has a particularity so talk to him, ask his mood and feel his feelings to understand the facets of dyslexia so as to enable him to become aware and help him acquire more autonomy.
Even if your child is dyslexic this does not mean he does not like reading. It is important to read him often books of fiction and of various kinds so as to help him to enrich his vocabulary but also to be able to interact with his peers on the same topics of interest to them. If you can not read for him there are audiobooks and books in digital format that compensate for the lack of time that often haunts us.
When you read do not do it considering your child a passive spectator, but make it participate and engage in reading reading together.
The child with DSA, like any child, is very curious. So try to talk to him as often as possible and deal with any kind of topic this will allow him to satisfy his curiosity and to always feel part of the family life as a relevant person and who can make his own contribution. This is very important for its psychological development and for the growth of its self-esteem, often undermined by the negative view of itself.
In the game with your child you prefer card games, or table games such as monopolies, memory cards, puzzles, etc. They help to develop concentration and to maintain attention. They are very creative and imaginative children so allow him to play with pongo, plasticine, glue, etc .. you will help them to develop the fine dexterity. Do not neglect the rhymes, the nursery rhymes, the songs they allow to train the memory.
When watching television, always be with your child and comment on what you see.
Try to highlight your child’s ability and qualities, promote activities where he excels. Always try to show him his strengths.