3. Building Sense of Self

We’ll help you discover why resiliency, self-advocacy and connecting with peers are the keys to long-term success. Together we’ll show you how to foster these traits in your children.

Here's how to get started

Step 1

Understand your child's strengths and talents

Dyslexia has been described as an isolated weakness in a sea of strengths. It is important for parents to help their children view dyslexia from this perspective. Strengths, talents and interests should be fostered and developed so that children have the opportunity to experience authentic success and enjoyment in their lives.

Additional Resources: The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

Empower your child to embrace her dyslexia


Step 2

Build resiliency skills in your child

Resilience implies an ability to recover from setbacks, trauma or adversity. Parents can provide their children with a set of beliefs and strategies to counteract any self doubt or low self-esteem. It's important for kids with learning disabilities to feel appreciated, set personal goals and empathize with others.

Additional Resources: Building Resilience for Children with Dyslexia

Building Resilience in Children

A webinar with Dr. Michael Hart


Step 3

Create a support network for you and your child

Building relationships with peers, mentors and with community resources can be a lifeline for many individuals who learn differently. It helps to know you are not alone and to have a network of supporters to turn to. Some of the best information and support comes from those who understand our journeys and who have first hand-knowledge to share.

Additional Resources: Building Relationships

Explore 1in5

Sharing personal stories


Step 4

Help your child learn to advocate for themselves

Self-advocacy is an important skill for all children, but especially for those who learn differently. Children have to understand their unique needs and have the confidence to speak up and ask for what they require to be successful. They should be taught to be active participants in the decisions being made about them in school and life.

Self Advocacy

Encourage your child to speak up


More Resources

Building Resilience for Children with Dyslexia

Eight tips and strategies


The Tough Conversations

Talking to your child about his or her learning disability


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Building Relationships

Creating connections with peers, mentors and community


Estimated Reading Time:8minute

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