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5 Ways to Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

As October rolls around, it's time to embrace the vibrant colors of fall and also something equally important—Dyslexia Awareness Month. If you're a parent of a child or children with dyslexia or even know someone who you suspect might have dyslexia, this month presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, advocate, and raise awareness about this unique learning difference. In this blog post, we'll provide suggestions on how to celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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1. Educate Yourself and Your Child

Knowledge is the first step to empowerment. Take some time this October to educate yourself about dyslexia. Understand what it is, how it affects your child, and what strategies and resources are available to support them. If you aren’t sure if your child may be struggling with reading due to dyslexia, check out this blog post that includes common signs of dyslexia by grade level. Of course, further testing by a psychologist is recommended in order to receive a proper diagnosis.

Additionally, I highly recommend these books if you are wanting to learn more about dyslexia and how you can help your child overcome it.

  1. The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide

  2. The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis

  3. Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz

But don't stop there—share this knowledge with your child. Depending on their age and comprehension level, explain dyslexia in an age-appropriate way. Encourage open conversations where they can ask questions and express their feelings. Knowledge is not only empowering but also reassuring.

2. Connect with Dyslexia Support Groups

You're not alone in this journey. Seek out local and online dyslexia support groups and connect with other parents who share similar experiences. These groups can be invaluable sources of information, guidance, and emotional support.

During Dyslexia Awareness Month, consider attending support group meetings or virtual events. It's an excellent way to network with other parents, share your own experiences, and learn from others who have walked a similar path.

3. Advocate for Your Child

Your child's education and well-being should always be a top priority. Use Dyslexia Awareness Month as an opportunity to advocate for your child within their school and community. Here's how:

  • Schedule a meeting with your child's teachers and school administrators to discuss their needs and accommodations.

  • Ensure that your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan is tailored to address their dyslexia-related challenges.

  • Advocate for dyslexia-friendly resources and tools in your child's educational environment. Here are some examples:

Text-to-Speech (TTS) Software:

  • TTS software reads aloud digital text, making it easier for students with dyslexia to comprehend written content.

  • Examples: Natural Reader, Read&Write for Google Chrome, Kurzweil 3000.

Audiobooks and Audiobook Services:

  • Audiobooks allow students to access reading materials through audio, improving comprehension and engagement.

  • Examples: Audible, Learning Ally, Bookshare, VoxBooks, etc.

Speech-to-Text (STT) or Dictation Software:

  • STT software converts spoken words into text, making it easier for students with dyslexia to create written content.

  • Examples: Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Google's Voice Typing, Windows Speech Recognition.

Structured Multisensory Language Programs:

  • Implement evidence-based structured literacy programs that focus on phonics, phonemic awareness, and decoding skills.

  • Examples: Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System.

If you are looking to hire a Reading Specialist who understands dyslexia and is trained in how to successfully help struggling readers using multisensory structured literacy programs, learn more about how we can help your child.

4. Celebrate Your Child's Strengths

"Celebrate Your Child's Strengths" over woman high fiving young girl

Dyslexia isn't just about challenges; it's about unique strengths and talents. Take the time to celebrate your child's abilities and interests, and encourage them to explore their passions.

Dyslexic individuals often excel in areas like creativity, problem-solving, and thinking outside the box. Encourage your child to pursue activities that showcase their strengths, whether it's art, music, sports, or any other area they are passionate about. Dyslexia Awareness Month is the perfect time to celebrate them and highlight their achievements.

5. Raise Awareness

Your voice is a powerful tool for raising awareness about dyslexia. Spread the word within your community, school, and social circles. Here are some ideas:

  • Share informative articles, videos, and resources about dyslexia on your social media platforms.

  • Host a Dyslexia Awareness event at your child's school or in your local community.

  • Encourage friends and family to educate themselves about dyslexia and support initiatives that promote inclusivity.

Let's Celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month Together

Dyslexia Awareness Month is an opportunity for parents to not only raise awareness about dyslexia but also empower their children or loved ones to embrace their unique abilities. Let's educate ourselves, share stories, champion inclusivity, volunteer, attend events, advocate for our children, and celebrate their strengths. Together, we'll create a world where everyone has the opportunity to shine, regardless of their unique learning style. If you need help determining if your child is struggling with reading so that you can find the best way to intervene, download our Reading Red Flags Checklist for more guidance.

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