Dyslexia Coping Strategies


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People afflicted by dyslexia develop their own dyslexia coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they have to face. Such dyslexia coping strategies may be positive or negative in their nature. Parents of children with dyslexia can help them to develop dyslexia coping strategies that are positive, and to avoid developing strategies that have a negative impact.

There are many coping strategies and alternative approaches to solving problems, and these can bring back enthusiasm and excitement to the learning process.

Developing positive dyslexia coping strategies

Positive dyslexia coping strategies help the patient to compensate for the difficulties brought on by their dyslexia in ways that are beneficial to them. Dyslexia coping strategies that are positive will help the patient to address specific issues, perform along with non-dyslexic peers, react positively in the face of adversity, help them build and maintain self esteem. Parents of dyslexic children can help them develop positive dyslexia coping strategies by giving them praise and encouragement when they find them using these strategies. Some instances of positive dyslexia coping strategies are:

- Getting more organized with their work

- Trying to work smarter and harder

- Confronting new challenges in a positive frame of mind

- Using appropriate technology to compensate for difficulties caused by dyslexia.

Technology options

It is possible to alleviate many problems brought on by dyslexia by using appropriate technology. Many new technology options have been specifically designed to address the problems of dyslexic people. Most of this technology is based on the computer, both hardware and software, but there are also other simple technology that can be used by dyslexics. Each person, of course, has to try out the different technologies to find out what suits them best.

Negative dyslexia coping strategies

Parents of dyslexic children should always encourage them not to develop negative strategies to cope with their problems. Negative dyslexia coping strategies do not help patients to address their difficulties or they may even worsen those difficulties.

Sometimes when dyslexic children feel discouraged, they may choose an easy negative alternative, and over time, these can become fixed patterns of behavior. Negative coping strategies picked up in childhood may become entrenched in the behavior of adult dyslexics. When parents notice such conduct in their children, they should discourage them and help them avoid such behavior. At the same time, this has to be reinforced with encouragement and positive coping strategies. Instances of negative dyslexia coping strategies displayed by children are:

- Assuming they will fail before they have begun something

- Avoiding difficulties and problems, which makes them appear devious

- Putting the blame on other people

- Having poor self esteem

- Behaving aggressively

- Lying

- Not admitting when they don’t understand something

For dyslexic children who fall behind their peers academically, a good school, one-to-one specialist tutors and specially formulated learning schemes can be of enormous benefit. A Coordinator for Special Educational Needs is present in all schools who has the responsibility of supporting children who have educational needs. Always speak to the school authorities if you need more information.


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