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Students who struggle with dyslexia are typically very good at hiding their difficulties. Dyslexia can go unnoticed in children for years, leading to negative coping strategies that can be entrenched over time. Is your child showing symptoms of dyslexia? The key to reducing the struggles a child with dyslexia experiences is early identification and intervention.

Negative Coping Strategies of Dyslexia

The first step is to accurately identify the problem. It is important for parents to try to help their children to avoid developing negative strategies. Negative coping strategies are those that do not assist a dyslexic to deal with difficulties. These can include:

  1. Avoidance of Problems and Difficulties
    Children with dyslexia often avoid the problem all together, imploring tactics that can get others to do their work for them. Often times they will manipulate their peers, and even adults to read for them. This can easily turn habit, and your student with dyslexia will fall even further behind.
  2. Assumption of Failure Before They Begin
    Children with dyslexia will set limits on what they think they are capable of achieving. They automatically shut down when something becomes difficult to comprehend. These students are often wrongfully placed into remedial learning programs that do not allow them to reach their potential. Early identification can help give your dyslexic student the extra help they need when they need it.
  3. Development of Very Poor Self Esteem
    Although dyslexic children can be incredibly clever about hiding their problems, that doesn’t change the truth that they are in fact struggling with a developmental disorder. This can leave your dyslexic student with a very low expectation of his or hers abilities.
  4. Saying They Understand When They Don’t Really
    Dyslexia is often times mistaken as a child just being lazy. Sure, most children at some point will be lazy or unfocused, but it is too easy to not see the underlying problem. If your child is avoiding homework, or says they understand when they really don’t, it’s likely a sign your student is struggling with dyslexia.
  5. Aggressive Behavior & Misbehaving in Class
    Students with dyslexia can get angry easily, or may use deviant behavior to hide their academic struggles. Your student may act too cool for school, or mock the teachers or other students who try too hard. This is just another tactic used to hide the underlying problem.

Positive Coping Strategies of Dyslexia

It’s important to realize that these negative coping strategies for dyslexia can make the situation worse. Parents can assist their children to avoid negative coping strategies by discouraging them when they notice such behavior. However it is important that this is combined with positive reinforcement of positive coping strategies. Some examples of positive coping strategies are:

  1. Working Harder or Smarter
    While they may not be reading as well as their classmates, dyslexic students tend to have a high degree of intellect that often overshadows the core issues at hand. Whether that means taking extra time to finish an assignment, practicing twice as hard, or finding more time to sit down with a parent, teacher or tutor—dyslexic students simply have to work harder.
  2. Getting Organized
    Not everything has to be difficult. Help make the little things easy so your student can work on the big issues at hand. Help get your student organized so they are set up for success.
  3. Having a Positive Attitude Towards New Challenges
    Get your dyslexic student excited about taking on new challenges by rewarding them when they succeed, and giving them tangible goals to reach.
  4. Compensating For Dyslexic Difficulties Through The Use of Neurofeedback Therapy
    Neurofeedback is a research-proven way to improve brain function through intensive brain training exercises. Although the technology is quite sophisticated, the process is simple, painless, and noninvasive. It is just learning.

Brain Forest Centers works with children and their families to construct personal plans that meet the individual needs and challenges of each child. Get started with us today!