Educating Dyslexics

Dyslexia exists in the home educated population just as it exists in the school population. If your child doesn’t seem to be picking up reading, give some thought to whether this is a problem. Late reading is actually common in home education (see our Learning to Read section for details). If the child is learning in other ways, perhaps sit back and wait a while longer. Consider whether they are concerned about it. If they are asking you to teach them to read, give it a go. You may wish to try a phonics programme as outlined in Why Johnny Can’t Read by Rudolf Flesch or check the resources listed in our Discounts or Resources sections.

Dawn Matthews is dyslexic herself, does a lot of work with dyslexic children and is sympathetic to home education. The downloadable PDFs contain articles she wrote on Dyslexia and associated issues for Otherways magazine; these contain inspiration and help:

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