Dyslexia is not just about reading and writing. It can affect every area of your life and some days it can make life pretty difficult.
There are plenty of things you can do, though, to make daily life a little easier, less stressful and more enjoyable. Here we present some strategies that could help on the bad days.
Tips for 8 –12 year olds
1. Take breaks from your homework when it’s getting hard
Getting away from your work and playing out in the fresh air for a while can help. If that’s not an option, try colouring, listening to music or talking to a friend. Or ask your mum, dad or another relative for some help to complete the task.
2. Use games and technology to help you learn new things
There are plenty of apps and software on computers, tablets and phones that can help with your studies. There is a good list here and here. Ask a parent, carer or teacher to help you download these and show you how to use them.
3. Speak up
Let friends, family and teachers know if you’re finding stuff hard. Talk with them about what would help you and anything you might need.
4. Focus on the positives
Remember all the things that you’re good at – and tell people about them!
5. Get inspired
Quotes, role models and success stories can help you to open your mind to new ways of thinking and stay excited about things like school. Here is one of our favourite quotes here at Dyslexia Unwrapped:
The quote means that you shouldn’t be afraid to be “different”. Different does not mean bad!
The most important thing you can do is to believe and have faith in yourself. Dyslexia does not mean that you are not smart. It has nothing to do with intelligence and IQ and it comes with many strengths as well as the challenges.
Why not share these tips with a friend who might benefit from reading them?