Dyslexia, a specific learning disability, is quite common in children. The prevalence is estimated to be between 10-15 percent of children in the US, although far fewer children are diagnosed.
The child with dyslexia may have difficulty in reading, spelling and performing skills related to the use of printed language. It is thought that dyslexia is an inherited trait which runs in families. It is not low intelligence or laziness.
Children who have dyslexia benefit greatly by reading with an adult. Being a child’s reading buddy is a wonderful role for grandparents or for a parent who is not in residence because of work travel, military assignment, or divorce.
Reading using video call apps like Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts you can help a child advance their reading skills. There are also several new apps that can be downloaded either free or purchased that also can make reading fun. Some apps are just for iPad users; however, Ustyme is one that has been developed for both iPad and PC use. http://www.ustyme.com/index.html. Others include Rootz, http://www.family-rootz.com/ and Caribu http://caribuapp.com/.
In the United States schools have a legal obligation to help children with dyslexia. Best results are achieved when dyslexia is diagnosed early, in kindergarten or first grade.
Reading with an adult using video call apps can be great fun. Take turns with the child, each reading one page. Asking questions about the story helps develop comprehension and thinking skills. Learning the sounds that letters make and developing phonemic awareness is important for developing skill in reading. To learn more about the techniques that teachers and tutors use for enhancing reading skills search the internet for Five Big Ideas in reading.
To learn more about dyslexia explore the internet. Two sites I can recommend are:
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