I remember the day my husband and I sat in a little office and received news that was not a surprise, but it still shocked us. Seeing the chart, the numbers, the diagnosis, the struggle. It kinds zaps your heart and creates more questions than answers… a dyslexia diagnosis.
What do I do with a dyslexia diagnosis?
The first and most important thing is to pray.
Give the situation to the Creator who knows your child and created your child. Pray for peace and understanding.
Read about the myths of dyslexia and what dyslexia is.
Realize it’s a different way of thinking, not something you can cure. There are programs to help, but no cure. If someone tells you they can cure it, run. There is no cure, just coping strategies.
Look up famous people who have done great things with a dyslexia diagnosis. Look for parents who write about their struggling learners.
Homeschool parents – this is a great time to deal with a dyslexia diagnosis. There are so many incredible programs for students with dyslexia. More on that soon! If you need to change curriculum or the way you teach, then do it! Don’t wait until the next school year. It’s a big decision, but critical to take away the frustration your child faces when doing schoolwork that they just – don’t – get.
Many times, help is needed. There is no cure for dyslexia, but intervention will bring about huge changes and progress for a child with a dyslexia diagnosis. There are many good programs, the one I use is from the National Institute of Learning Development.
Keep Praying. Don’t be discouraged. Have hope. There is a light. Find resources to help. That’s the reason I created this blog – to encourage families.
Read more about helping your struggling learner in the 31 Days series:
Answering your Questions about Struggling Learners.