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It can be very difficult for a family when it is informed that one of its members suffers from a learning disorder, as is the case with children with dyslexia, especially when this can lead to endless problems both for that child and for their environment. This article wishes to take this difficulty and reflect on how parents should accompany and empower these children of ours. To do this, we give you some keys that you can put into practice at home, involving the whole family.
A great movie that moved me to the core was "The Lord of the Rings." Outside that I had read all the books, the staging and everything that revolved around this production was a source of inspiration for my work and my life. Just recently I was remembering a fact that, within the book and in the film itself, is fundamental: Sam's role within the Fellowship of the Ring. What's more, more than someone out there says that if it weren't for that character, Frodo wouldn't have been able to achieve his goal (watch out! Spoiler) of destroying the Ring.
Why do I mention that memory? Nowadays in Education Accompaniment is very fashionable. What's more, what we knew as Orientation has been put aside and replaced by it, reinforcing the fact of be present in front of that person in their desire to discover themselves and know their own path of formation. It is not that guidelines or tools are not given so that the person can grow, but it is also recognized and valued for what it is, for its originality, for having a single trait that gives it a different flavor to life.
To concretize this concept of accompaniment and link it with the difficulty of a family that has a member with dyslexia, I would like to mention some strategies to accompany and empower the young person:
1. Appreciate it for its originality
It is essential for the young person to see concretely that they have value, that they have a unique and unrepeatable energy. It tends, especially in adolescence, to low self-esteem; so parents must reinforce the positive, avoiding errors or shortcomings from being the focus of attention.
2. Make known what dyslexia is within the family
It is important that the household members know what this disorder consists of, how it manifests itself and what its effects would be. In this way, everyone will be able to empathize with that young man and thus understand him in his actions.
3. Work with a family calendar and agenda
Although there are work and school calendars and agendas, why not bring this practice home? Constructing a schedule with all the activities of the members of the household - not just the child with dyslexia - allows everyone to understand each other and feel accompanied in their work. Imagine the company that little one can feel when seeing that his parents and siblings know his tasks and goals for each day. You will feel that you are within a blended team.
4. Build your study space together
It is well known how important the construction of visual maps is for the study of children with dyslexia. Let's challenge ourselves to do the same inside our home! Let's decorate and build as a family that space that allows us to work and make school work our own. Within that, we must accompany him in the construction of his own school schedule; jointly analyzing the spaces and times for both study and recreation.
5. Work together with the school
Parents must be in constant contact with the tutors and psychologists of the educational center, because a good connection between the parties allows us to continue or redesign the spaces and schedules that we have built previously.
There are many more strategies, however, it is also good to focus first on a few so that we can advance much better. If you notice, each one of them was partly executed in the movie that I mentioned to you. Sam appreciated Frodo, cared for him and listened to his emotions, always tried to place him in comfortable contexts, they worked together and made decisions as a team.
The key is to give that person dignity, that this accompaniment is actually a bastion that gives you security in each of your steps. If we position ourselves as omnipotent guides, it will be very difficult to make those changes that can truly transform a person's interiority.
The real accompaniment is to give you an energy by which the young person feels that he is the one who manages and executes his own decisions. This is the key by which we must strengthen our own children with dyslexia, so that they can truly be autonomous and upright with their strengths and weaknesses.
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