Encouraging your child with dyslexia to learn in new and different ways will strengthen their self confidence. One issue with children with learning disabilities is that they often suffer very low self esteem as a result of doing poorly, or being perceived as doing poorly in comparison with their peers. By continuing to believe in your child and allow room for all of their talents to develop and blossom, you are giving your child a gift.
For people with dyslexia, the natural fluidity and flow of letters and words coming together can be laborious. Each time a letter is encountered it is as if it's the first time. The natural quality of reading is a struggle.
Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., is a professor in Learning Development at Yale School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, and co-director of the newly formed Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.