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How Is Dyslexia Treated?
There is no known way to change a dyslexic brain so that the difficulties with language processing go away. Treatment is instead focused on helping the sufferer to compensate for the language disability to minimize its impact. For the most part, the disorder is treated by developing educational plans that support the dyslexic’s skills. Different individuals respond to different approaches, so individualized education plans are essential.
Some common treatment approaches include:
- Using other senses, such as hearing or touch, to support the child’s language-learning skills.
- Teaching the child to better recognize the smallest components of written language so that word-recognition skills can improve.
- Using out-loud reading to improve the child’s language-processing skills.
- Focusing on vocabulary building so the child has a broader range of reliably recognizable words.
- Formulate an Individual education plan:
In the United States, schools have a legal obligation to take steps to help children diagnosed with dyslexia with their learning problems. Talk to your child’s teacher about setting up a meeting to create a structured, written plan that outlines your child’s needs and how the school will help him or her succeed. This is called an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
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