How can I encourage my child to read and like books?...
How can I help my child with reading?
Education for Everybody has a good article with five tips for making reading fun ...... click to read it.
Springboard is a charity providing one-to-one support to improve reading and writing for children in schools. Click here to read ‘ A parents little guide to helping children read’ .
The British Dyslexia Association has some ‘Top Tips’ for spelling and reading on its website explained by a teacher and mum Julianne Miller. Watch the clips by clicking here
Tom McLaughlin, a dyslexic author of children’s books, has written an article that offers his supportive and beautiful tips to dyslexic children everywhere. If you read it to your child it may inspire them! Click here to read the article.
Dyslexia Action have published a 'book guide for reluctant readers' to click here to download.
Learning Ally have put together some useful 'Sanity Saving Strategies for Nightly Dyslexia Reading Practice' suitable for early readers click here to read more.
Ela Lourenco a writer of young adult book series tailored for those with dyslexia and mother of a dyslexic child has written a guest post for Dyslexia Assist to help with reading, remembering that each child is unique. To read her post click here
How can I encourage my child to enjoy books?
Listening to beautifully produced recordings is a great way to encourage the love of books, without any reading difficulties. Here are some ways to get hold of recordings:
• Local libraries: If you take written proof of your child's learning difficulty (e.g. a report or letter from the school) to your local library, you can update your child’s library card so that the loan of audio and visual material is free. There are no fines for children on overdue items. Some audio books come with a paper copy which then allows your child to follow the text whilst he/she listens. This really helps with reading development.
You can also borrow directly to a tablet if you register and get a pin from the library for their Overdrive app.
The RNIB have made subscription to their Talking Book Service free with access to more than 23,000 unabridged titles. To be eligible, you must live in the UK and have an impairment that prevents or limits you from reading standard print. Dyslexia is an option that can be chosen when registering. Books are available for Digital Download to devices through RNIB Overdrive, CD and USB stick, delivered direct to your door. http://shop.rnib.org.uk/talking-books-subscription.html
• Load2Learn: Many books are available for your child's school to download free from Load2Learn, providing they own the original print copy. We found that our schools were happy to join as members and then add us as parents to their membership group. This allows you to download text books, making it easier for your child to read using different fonts, screen tints and text-to- speech on their computer.
Youtube: You may find the book you want to read with your child read on Youtube, especially classic school texts. It is worth searching as these are free to listen and easy to access.
• Calibre is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of complete audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities. There is a one off 'for life' joining fee of £20 for children. It is easy to stream books from the site on to a phone or ipad. Alternatively, the books can be sent to you in a disc/MP3 form. The discs are sent in a padded envelope with a return label. You create your wish list and your next book arrives as soon as the old disc is returned. For more details go to www.youngcalibre.org.uk
Storynory offers free audiobooks for young children. Titles include fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and classics like Alice in Wonderland. Each audiobook includes the digital text of the book click here to go to the website.
How can I make reading easier for my child?
ibook app and kindle: these are great as your child can change the font size, hear difficult words spoken aloud and find out the meaning of a word as they read. The brightness and background colour of the screen can also be adjusted. For some free ebooks to download go to oxfordowl.co.uk
Handy Book: this App allows the reader to easily change background colour, font and size. It also has a highlighter bar that highlights one line at a time and a text-to-speech dictionary. It can be used on Android tablets and phones. There is a one-off, lifetime licence fee of just under £4. and a demo version which is available before you buy.
Barrington Stoke is a specialist children's fiction publisher. The books are printed on buff paper making reading easier. The content of the books are aimed at the appropriate interest level for each age group, but the difficulty of words is set to encourage struggling readers. Pictures are also used to break up the page. In our experience these books work best for primary school children.
Reading matters is a charity that specialises in one-to-one support to motivate young people to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers. They have free Literacy Fun Sheets with really great ideas for reading activities to try with your child. Click here to download
Reading Matters have kindly allowed us to share a presentation given to them by Barrington Stoke which helps parents understand ‘what’s the problem with reading’ for dyslexic children. Click here to watch the presentation.
Book apps combine reading with games, and storytelling.
For younger readers try:
‘Comic Phonics’ click here to view some free downloads.
'Lego Story maker' click here for the free app
For older readers try:
'Crowded Fiction' written by a young dyslexic video game maker (famous for FIFA and Need for Speed) click here to go to the download page, the basic level is free to try.
'Dekko Comics' are short comic stories of fun and often absurd characters. Through these stories, they also communicate educational information, making them an entertaining visual alternative to learning and revising in the conventional way of reading. Click here to find out more
Here are some book series that parents have recommended and been enjoyed by their dyslexic children.