When your child has dyslexia, you may feel alone with nowhere to turn. Plenty of online dyslexia-support resources exist, and here is just a sample of what is available.
International Dyslexia Association: http://www.interdys.org
With a mission of promoting literacy through research, education, and advocacy, IDA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that studies dyslexia. It has a worldwide focus and provides advocacy, dyslexia support for parents, and guidelines for service providers. The website provides extensive information about the latest research, a provider search, and access to dyslexia-related publications for its members.
National Center for Learning Disabilities: http://www.ncld.org
This website focuses on support for parents of children, teens, and adults with learning disabilities. Their goal is “to empower all children with the power to hope, to learn, and to succeed.” NCLD provides support to parents and caregivers, promotes programs that help those with LD learn, and serves as an advocate for educational opportunities.
A unique feature of the NCLD site is its resource locator. Much more than simply a provider locator, you can search by state, keyword, or category to find resources in your area, such as private schools, college resources, assistive technology, and much more.
The Gow School: http://www.gow.org/page.cfm?p=311
This college preparatory school focuses on educating young adult males in grades 7–12, but there’s a twist: their students all have dyslexia or another learning difficulty. Using Reconstructive Language, the school helps these young men improve their learning, enhance their self-esteem, and take pride in themselves.
The website has a dyslexia support for parents section that includes FAQs about dyslexia, an extensive list of professional organizations and resources, lists of suggested reading and suggested videos, and a blog.
Learning Disabilities Worldwide: http://www.ldworldwide.org/
This website is a one-stop resource for parents, those with learning disabilities, educators, researchers, and clinicians. The parent page of the site provides articles, support, and expert resources to help you help your child. Tips for parenting, social skills, and advocacy are included, and you’ll find ways to help your child with homework. If you choose to become an LDW member, you’ll have access to even more resources and support.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities: http://www.smartkidswithld.org/
One of the few websites almost exclusively geared to dyslexia support for parents, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities celebrates children with LD and offers numerous articles, resources, and support to parents. You’ll find a glossary of terms, an outline of your child’s rights and how to maneuver within the educational system, and a parent’s community.
Learning Disabilities Association of America: http://www.ldanatl.org/
Another treasure trove of resources, the LDA website shares LD news, journals, and legislative updates. You’ll find a map of LDA state chapters, as well as a parents’ section with basic information on learning disabilities, detailed information on the evaluation process, tips to help your child, and ways to work with the school system. The site also has a section for those who are new to learning disabilities.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital: http://www.tsrhc.org/dyslexia-parent-center.htm
At the bottom of this page is a link to a detailed, informative dyslexia handbook that explains the characteristics of dyslexia, as well as evaluation processes and how to teach students with dyslexia. You’ll find a list of publications related to dyslexia, information about special education, and an outline of your rights and responsibilities. This handbook is an excellent reference.
Committed to helping children with dyslexia learn to read, this website contains activities, reading games, and learning techniques appropriate for the classroom or home. Dyslexia support for parents comes in a wide variety of learning aids to use at home. Examples include ABC Bingo, the Wonder Words Poster template, the New Word Grid, and Reading Fluency Flash Cards. If you downloaded just a few of these activities and learning aids, you’d have plenty for your child to play with and learn from.
Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com/index.html
For an alternate view of dyslexia treatment, visit this site, maintained by Dr. Harold Levinson, who has found that an inner-ear disorder and lack of nutrients may contribute to dyslexia and other learning difficulties. He has successfully treated thousands of people suffering from LD, ADD, and phobias. Dr. Levinson offers a free report and a multitude of information, videos, books, and links about alternative dyslexia treatment. His website also discusses ADD, fears, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
These websites exist to offer dyslexia support to parents and to help you understand dyslexia and get your child the help he or she needs. Each site is full of resources and references, and visiting just one or two will set you on your way to the assistance your child is entitled to receive.