How Tutoring Can Make a Difference for Child with Dyslexia

Children with dyslexia usually find it difficult to be on the same level with other children – academic wise. The article clearly describes how proper tutoring can make a difference in children with dyslexia

School is our children's first contact with the real world out there. There, they have to depend and trust and obey someone that is not their parents, and have to make their way to make or accept or reject a friend. They will be graded for the first time.

Dyslexic children may find it a bit more difficult to be on the same level with other children – academic wise. They may feel left out when their peers are getting better at reading and writing, and finally, in other subjects too, because reading and writing are the foundation for any subject. They may feel their first burst of insecurity.

Making Sure it's Dyslexia

Many children are diagnosed with dyslexia quite a bit late, probably even in the late teen, because sometimes they don't appear to have difficulty in reading and writing department until they receive a more advanced lesson. Therefore, many adults, including parents and teachers, often dismiss their inability to learn as laziness or being difficult.

The relevance of the movie 'Taare Zameen Par' lies in understanding the true potential of a little boy Ishan Awasthi, who excels in drawing and painting but his talent is unnoticed. When you see your child start to fall behind, look for the cause. Watch your child, speak to her, ask her teacher. If she does show any possibility for dyslexia, like keep misspelling words, take an unusually long time to read or write, show dislike and avoidance to read and write, as well as poor memory for any written form of information, test your child for it. Children can be tested for dyslexia starting from age 9 or 10.

Once it's confirmed, then it's your job as a parent to help and support her as much as you can.

Tutoring helps

Besides giving her the obvious affection and attention she deserves, you can support her academically.

Let her teacher know immediately of her condition. A good school would have a separate curriculum for dyslexic children, tailored to their needs and capability. Letting the teacher in about the situation will help both your child and the school, so please don't hesitate to do so.

Besides that, you can also support your child's education by providing a tutor. A tutor can improve your child's reading ability, as well as her confidence. Here's how a tutor will make a difference:


A tutor will be able to focus on your child only, offering encouragement that she can do the task on hand, and giving acknowledgement and praise when she does well. Her confidence may shrink when she isn't able to perform as well as her friends at school, making praise from the teacher or peers something rare for her. But, validation from a real person when she manages to accomplish her task will restore her confidence, and even grow it.

No Distraction

Private, one-on-one tutoring in a quiet environment will help your child focus better on the lesson, compared to a classroom where other children's presence may affect your child's attention or even mood to study. A focused child will be able to learn more effectively.


Let your child receive the same information several times, let it soak deep into her brain. At school, repeating a lesson is almost impossible because the teacher has to obey the curriculum and consider other students' pace. During private tutoring, your child can ask her tutor to repeat the lesson as many time as possible until she understands.

Just make sure your tutor knows how to make the session interesting even if it is mostly repeating the lesson from school.

What Tutor to Get, and Where

Because what a dyslexic child needs the most is encouragement and no distraction, online tutoring will be less effective than face-to-face tutoring. During online tutoring, the presence of the tutor will be less real, and your child won't be able to pick up the body language and subtle expression of validation from the tutor. Not to mention, facing a screen would be very distracting for her.

Dyslexic children should have a private, one-on-one session with a tutor for the best result. The best tutor for dyslexic children should have either one of the following qualifications:

Certification of MSLE/OG

Dyslexic children would have to learn with a different method, usually called Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) or Orton-Gillingham (OG) method. This method helps children to learn and differentiate letters using shape, texture, and other sensors beside sight. So far, this is the most effective teaching method for dyslexia and is recognized worldwide. You will want to find a dyslexia tutor with MSLE/OG certification from the official organization to ensure their capability of using this method.


Sometimes, finding a certified tutor can help, especially if you live in a more rural area of the country. In this case, you can always rely on a tutor's experience when dealing with dyslexic children, because nothing substitutes firsthand experience. Join parents group of dyslexic children and ask for a recommendation.

If you don't know anyone yet who can give your recommendation, you can use the internet to find the tutor. Many tutors nowadays listed their service, along with their resume and experience, to tutor-finding websites and special needs tuition agencies such as SmileTutor. Use the search tool to filter what you need, and let the web find it for you.

Finding a tutor can be a trial and error, even if you've tried your best to screen and select the candidates. You can try to negotiate for a trial period, maybe 1-3 sessions, to check whether the tutor is compatible with your child and able to provide what she needs.

A parent would give all her love and affection to his or her child. Caring for dyslexic children has its own challenge, but remember that no one says every need of the child should be provided by the parent alone. Hiring a tutor to help your dyslexic children catch up with their lesson at school or help them to be confident of themselves is just one small action, but it could make a difference for your child's life, both current and in the future.


Author: Umesh22 Aug 2019 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

A nice article on how to bring up the dyslexic children through one to one tutoring.

In addition to the one to one tutoring, the child has to be sent to the schools where similar children are studying. This will give him an exposure to the companionship and feeling a part of a group. Nowadays there are such schools available in many cities. Once he meets with other children he knows that the world is bigger and he can play with them. Going to such schools will help him in developing some of his faculties faster as the group environment is always better than the isolated arena. Another point is that sometimes these dyslexic children have some other faculty much more developed say maybe in some sport etc. So trying to expose him to those opportunities is also a point to ponder. In this situation, the role of parents, as well as the teachers, is very important and crucial.

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