If you have recently found out your child has dyslexia, you might be anxious about what it actually means, where it could lead and how you can help. This guide can help you on your journey.
Since finding out Ella has dyslexia, we’ve been researching ways, tools and apps that can help her along the way. The following list includes my favourite choices and is mainly focused on primary (elementary) kids, but some are a must-have for kids of every school age.
Before discussing tools that can help, let’s have a look at what dysgraphia actually is. Kids with dysgraphia will generally have unclear and inconsistent handwriting. They also tend to write or copy things very slowly which makes it very hard to complete handwriting tasks. Kids with dysgraphia aren’t lazy or unintelligent. They simply struggle with written expression; basically, the hands can’t keep up with the brain.
We first found out Ella had dyslexia when she was six. We weren’t entirely sure what it meant other than she would struggle with reading and writing. We already had an inkling she may be as she often wrote back to front and found decoding words particularly difficult. In the two years since her diagnosis however she has gone from strength to strength, never used it as an excuse and has shown us a different way to see the world.