Keep up to date with changes
Join the Dyslexic Foundation NZ they are the National Body who lobby the Government for changes for Dyslexic students.
Below are 2 articles taken from their site on changes that happened this year and the impact for NZ students and schools. It will help you know your rights and what you can expect from schools. Be informed. For the whole article and more fantastic links go to the site.
Years 0-10 Students
Connecting the dots from Primary to high school years. Click here to read more the full article
Year 11 Students
Update from the Ministry of Education for NCEA Students
The voice on this recording is taken from some adaptive technology that can photograph a piece of text, and then turn it into speech. Anything can then be read to a student who is struggling to gain meaning from written text, anything at all: messages from friends, newspapers, books, school handouts, anything. A simple piece of technology that opens a world of written text for a student who struggles with reading.
When you deal with their teacher, Be Gentle, Teachers are people too.
Try diplomacy, most teachers want the best for your child too.
Be firm and clear about what you are asking, but remember teachers are normal human beings and do not have all the answers. They may be as stuck as you.
Your child only has you to advocate and no-one will care as much as you do.
Get help if you need too.
Don’t give up, your child is counting on you.
Your perspective will influence your language, your behaviour, your attitude.
Your child / student will instinctively know what your perspective is.
You can choose how you look at Dyslexia, as a sickness, disease, learning problem or a disorder, OR as a different way of thinking and processing the world around them. At Mpowered it is celebrated as a highly intuitive, creative and intelligent way of looking at the world, and the ability to think outside all the boxes.
Here are just a few ways as a parent you can help your child by keeping them accountable.
They have learnt to avoid work. Be open and honest, help them see what that behavior looks like.
Old style schoolwork was hard, encourage them to use new strategies, and keep going. Work smarter not harder
Procrastination is the enemy, help the student organise and stick to a schedule, start young, keep it appropriate.
Work out what is and isn’t working for your child and address areas that aren’t working.
Reward time spent actively engaged in required tasks.
Recognise all achievements, not just academic or sporting
Amazing creative lego contraptions and other things they make and build, are worth celebrating.
The ability to think new thoughts is incredible – celebrate it.
Understand your child is uniquely designed, in-fact one of a kind, the only one like that, what a special gift you have.
Finally be kind to you, they don’t come with manuals and you won’t get it right all the time