Parent TIP - Dyslexic Readers

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

ENCOURAGE ALL KINDS OF READING

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.


AUDIO BOOKS

- 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 www.learningally.org (for recorded books including certain textbooks).


Download audio books from the WI State Public Library at http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/wis_lib.html


Download free public domain audio books from the following websites:

i. www.booksshouldbefree.com

ii. www.librophile.com

iii. voicesinthedark.com/content.php?iContent=50

iv. www.librivox.org/about-listening-to-librivox/

v. www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

vi. www.audiobooksforfree.com/home

vii. www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com

viii. www.audiobooks.org/

ix. www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video


READING TIPS

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.