Homeschooling a Dyslexic Child

Yes, there may be advantages to homeschooling your dyslexic child, and no, in most states you do not have to be specially trained to teach your child.
Will homeschooling my dyslexic child help her in achieving what the public school can't offer? Do I need to be specially educated to help in homeschooling her?
Yes, homeschooling may be beneficial to your dyslexic child, and no, in most states you do not have to be specially trained to teach your daughter. Parents Instructing Challenged Children publishes a wonderful list about the advantages of learning at home. A strong desire to help your child and a firm belief that she can and will succeed are really the most important requirements as you begin your homeschool journey. You will have to do a bit of research to discover the best teaching method for your daughter. Here are some resources to help you get started: You'll also find these books helpful:
  • How to Reach and Teach Children With Dyslexia by Cynthia M. Stowe
  • The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read and How They Can Learnby Ronald D. Davis, Eldon M. Braun, and Joan M. Smith
  • How to Teach Your Dyslexic Child to Read: A Proven Method for Parents and Teachers by Bernice H. Baumer
  • To Teach a Dyslexic by Don McCabe
  • Discover Your Child's Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis, M.S. and Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A.
Good luck!
Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.

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