- Provide emotional support to your child. Celebrate and support their strengths and abilities. Encourage their participation in sports, music, arts or other activities that the student enjoys.
- Talk to your child at a developmentally appropriate level about learning disabilities.
- Encourage your child to become an advocate on his/her own behalf as he/she matures.
- Encourage your child to read out loud every day for 10-20 minutes, using text that is appropriate for their reading level. If a child is in an intervention program, appropriate reading material may be provided.
- Read to your child everyday or encourage them to listen to age-appropriate or grade-level audio-books. This will ensure vocabulary and comprehension development, and keep them interested and excited about books. These books may be at a significantly higher level than their current reading ability. Check your local library for audiobooks or purchase them at sites such as audible.com.
- If your child has a diagnosed reading (print) disability, apply for free access to downloadable audio-books through the Canadian Equitable Library Access program. In Ontario, contact your local libary to apply for access to CELA services. In Quebec, you must apply through the Service québécois du livre adapté (SQLA) using this form. With a CELA account, you can also apply for access to Bookshare, an American online library of over 200,000 titles, including New York Times bestsellers, novels, children’s books, mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction, foreign-language books . These books are read using text to speech software (ie. computer voice).
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