Tips on how to teach your dyslexic child to read.


Dyslexics have difficulty recalling words.

As soon as your child has learned enough common sight words if they continue reading very easy books every day they will usually be able to recall the words they have learned and gradually build up a reading vocabulary.

If your child reads only now and then, they will forget the words, begin substituting others, become discouraged and make little progress.
Easy going love may lead a parent to neglect daily reading.

There are so many things that make it difficult to read daily your child wants to play, they have homework, birthday parties, play dates, the list goes on and on. If your dyslexic child’s reading is often neglected, they assume it is unimportant and cease to cooperate.
To teach your dyslexic child to read, you must have proper materials and know-how, but most of all you must have tough love. Love strong enough to enable you to find the time every single day to help your child to read.

Reading must be part of your child’s daily routine the same as brushing teeth, having breakfast or getting up in the morning.


Choosing a book.

Use the 5 finger rule to determine if the book is “just right”

1. Open a book to any page.

2. Start reading the page.
3. Hold up one finger for EVERY word that you don’t know or have 
trouble pronouncing.

0-1 Fingers 
The book is too EASY.
2-3 Fingers 
The book is at the Interest level.
4 Fingers 
The book is at the Challenge level. You can try it ~ be sure it makes sense.

5 Fingers 
The book is at the Frustration level and is not a good choice for now.


How to do paired Reading.

  • Read aloud from the book with your child.
  • When your child taps your hand, let them read alone as you follow along silently.
  • If your child reads a word wrong, skips a word, or doesn’t know a word the use the 5 second rule, count five then.
  1. Point to the word.
  2. Tell them the word
  3. Have them repeat the word
  4. Join them in reading aloud again


Talk about the story.


  • What do you think it’s about?
  • What happened?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • If the book is too hard (5 words wrong in 100) change the book.

You must be enthusiastic and supportive. Daily practice brings success!

9 thoughts on “Tips on how to teach your dyslexic child to read.

  1. Thanks so much for liking my post. If you hadn’t I wouldn’t have found this incredibly helpful blog. My dyslexic son struggles enormously and we are finally making progress albeit slowly.

  2. Some very useful and interesting info here. It’s a good work you are doing, kids and adults always need as much help as peole are willing to give them. Thanks for your visit to my site as well!

    Take care,

  3. My dyslexic husband taught himself to read by listening to Lord of the Rings as an audio book and following along in the text (he was in the second grade and the “experts” had determined he “may never read”). After the first book he was off and running, and has been a voracious reader ever since. Apparently because Tolkein’s names and locations look so very different & vary in length it was easier for him to follow the story, as opposed to simpler books where all the words are 3-4 letters and look very similar.

  4. Great post here. In matters of teaching, it’s the consistent, persistent and step-by-step work that produces the breakthroughts. I so agree with the phrase “easy going love may lead to a parent to neglect daily reading.” There’s so many parents that tell me that they just want their child to be enjoy childhood and they’ll learn when they’re ready. And who determines the readiness? I’ve always thought that the sooner you can teach a child, whether its reading or math, they’ll start learning faster and faster then leading to more time for play. But that’s just my take. Thanks for this post.

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