Parent TIP - Dyslexic Readers


Encourage the reading of all kinds of materials, including a variety of difficulty levels and topics (e.g., comic books, graphic novels, subtitles in Japanese cartoons, sports or car magazines, tabloids, etc.).

Choose books for your child to read to herself that are below her grade or age level. This helps build confidence and allows her to enjoy reading. However, read books to your child that are higher than her grade level. Look in the back of the book for the grade level.

Read books by Dr. Seuss. Children with dyslexia have difficulty with rhyming words.


- Encourage your child to listen to audio books for pleasure.

- Have your child read along while listening to an audio book.

- Choose audio books for your child that are higher than his grade level.

- Load audio books on his IPod.

- Listen to audio books together in the car on commutes and family vacations.

- Have your child listen to audio book versions of assigned school books during the preceding summer.

Join Learning Ally (formally Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) at (for recorded books including certain textbooks).

Download audio books from the WI State Public Library at

Download free public domain audio books from the following websites:











Have your child read aloud to herself.

Put a ruler or bookmark under text, or use a clear ruler with a “reading window,” to follow the lines of type when reading.

Highlight every other line of text to follow the lines of type when reading.

Read aloud to your child and point to the words as you read to her. Have your child follow the movement of your finger.

Have two copies of the book so you can read side-by-side with your child.

Understanding If Your Child Has Trouble With Reading

Reading issues can look different from child to child, and at various ages. If your child has dyslexia here’s what you might be seeing:

Reading Trouble in Preschool or Kindergarten

  • Struggles to recognize letters, match letters to sounds and blend sounds into speech

  • Has difficulty pronouncing words, for example, saying mawn lower instead of lawn mower

  • May have a smaller vocabulary than kids the same age and take longer to master the alphabet, basic math and days of the week

  • Has trouble making rhymes

Reading Trouble in Grade School or Middle School

  • Spells poorly

  • Has difficulty recalling facts and numbers

  • Has trouble learning new skills (compensates by relying on memorization)

  • Frequently reverses letters (for example, mixing up d and b) or puts them in the wrong order (such as confusing left with felt)

  • Has trouble following directions

  • Struggles with word problems in math

Reading Trouble in High School

  • Reads below grade level

  • Doesn’t “get” jokes, proverbs or common expressions, like “chip on your shoulder”

  • Struggles with reading aloud

  • Has trouble keeping track of time

  • Is unable to summarize a story

  • Is unable to learn a foreign language