Mentor for kids with Dyslexia
Fo a child recently tested and diagnosed with Dyslexia, having a mentor to look up to and relate to is vital for their academic and emotional development. Mentors do not have to be famous celebrities or personalities, they can be an older child or adult who you feel can be a good role model to follow. Therefore, looking through a list of people you know can help you find the right mentor for your child that will develop better self-esteem, boost interest in learning, and create a positive mental picture by spending quality time and giving constant encouragement. At Focused Education our tutors, speech therapists and occupational therapists are trained in how to appropriately mentor children with Dyslexia, ADHD and other processing difficulties.
What a Mentor Gives
In general, a mentor can provide any child with an additional outlet and a listening ear to share their problems or even dreams that they cannot readily express to their parents or relatives. There have been so many instances where simply talking out a problem has resulted in a better performing child and kept him away from potential dangers like substance and alcohol abuse. Our staff also notice that a properly mentored child will disclose incidents of bullying which helps us develop and teach anti-bullying programs at Focused Education. A mentor with an experience in dealing with learning and attention difficulties or someone who has gone through the same condition would be an added advantage. Giving a child a person that he can easily relate with can be crucial in breaking down barriers that hold back the child’s development and progress.
Finding the Right Mentor
Familiarity is vital. A mentor that the child is already familiar or comfortable with will help cut down the process of establishing a relationship and genuine understanding. This means that people that you and your child know should be the first place to start. Make a list of potential mentors you would consider for your child, making use of specific criteria that you believe can be instrumental in helping your child. Some things to consider can include:
- Dedication to mentoring.
- A basic understanding of Dyslexia, ADHD or other specific learning difficulties.
- Compatibility with your child.
- Experienced in mentoring.
- Takes on the role of an older and more responsible figure.
- Supports and encourages your child.
- Bring positivity into the life of your child
It is easy to understand that there are many different types of people that can be considered to mentor your child. However, to make sure that the right mentor is chosen, ample time should be given to consider potential mentors. Finding the right mentor is especially important after receiving a recent diagnosis of Dyslexia. The Dyslexia testing process can be overwhelming. Finding the right specialist to support and mentor your child after the assessment is crucial to supporting your child. If you feel that your child needs a role model or a father figure for example, an older child or relative can be an ideal mentor. Children who have specific interests in sports, music, arts, or have learning difficulties can benefit from a mentor that has expertise in these fields. When it comes to learning and attention difficulties, you need to consider the need for a substantial gap in the age of the child and the mentor to preserve the air of authority.
There are many helpful organisations in Perth that may be able to help find a mentor for your child. At Focused Education we have a mentoring program. Students that have completed our program often mentor students that are entering our program, providing a great support. When faced with difficulties in finding a mentor especially for children with learning challenges such as Dyslexia, do not hesitate to go to mentoring organizations, friends, neighbours, or colleagues for help. After all, the future of your child is at stake.
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