As we plan supportive academic strategies for a child who is a dyslexic learner, it's very important to find time to schedule in time for them in areas of strength. Some many times we concentrate only on strengthening an area of weaknesses, only to under support areas of real strengths or even talents a child may have.
As advocates for these amazingly bright children, I would like to see families, teachers, coaches, etc. help dyslexic learners find their 'Islands of Success'. This might be as a participant in sports, music, art, drama, school clubs, or even as a young entrepreneur. Not only does this help a child maintain a healthy self esteem as he/she reaches to catch up with their peers academically, but it fosters a place to shine. Talking about a hobby, talent, or activity they enjoy also promotes great growth in social skills.
So as we move past the holiday season and begin to imagine how our schedules will take shape in 2019, don't forget to make time to SHINE! How will your schedule take shape to support your child's strengths
Dyslexic learners often share these listed strengths, consider scheduling lessons, a work shadow, a family trip, joining a club or starting a project in an area of strength!
Creativity and Imagination
Volunteering nursing homes
Help the create a simple business plan - lemonade Stand
Outside of the Box Problem Solving
Participate in Odyssey of the Mind
Building and Designing Talents
Country 4-H Robotic Project Build a treehouse
Strong 3D Visual Skills Encourage use of legos,
Strong and determined, don't give up easily Sports
The list could go on forever! Remember, have fun and encourage them to lead the way.
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