Resources for Teaching Dyslexic Children {Homeschool Question of the Day}

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Homeschool Question of the Day: This fall will be my first full year homeschooling my son. He will be in third grade. I’m looking for curriculum or computer work that is for dyslexic children. iPad apps I have found he absolutely loves. If I use paper and pencil he stresses highly. I was hoping to not have to create each lesson from scratch. Do you have any suggestions?


Join in the conversation! Please leave your resources, experience, and helps for teaching dyslexic children in the comments.  Update: Here are several helpful ideas from readers in the FHD Facebook community.




  1. Jessica says

    My son, who is almost 13, is dyslexic and ADHD. We use Barton Reading and Spelling system. It is pricey but it has worked better than anything else we have tried. He learns best by watching documentaries, and by touching and building things. The Dragon software is on my wishlist right now. Instead of going through the exhausting effort of trying to write reports or even type them, he could use the voice recognition software so his thought process doesn’t get broken up and ideas can flow more freely. I don’t think there is a real good box curriculum for dyslexic students because they are each different and unique. I think it’s more about finding tools for them to use. I look everywhere for hands on stuff and if I have to use books I usually read it to him. If he read it he would concentrate so hard on figuring out what the words are and not get what it all means as a whole sentence or paragraph. I feel like it’s important to teach him HOW to read because it’s very necessary in this world but if I want him to LEARN something and remember it or master it, it must be hands on or visual. Oh, and we use Math U See for his math curriculum and it works really well for him, it comes with video instruction and you can purchase manipulatives.

    • Eve says

      Thank you so much for the Barton Reading & Spelling reference! I had never heard of this system, but I looked it up and was amazed! I have an almost 10 year old son that I homeschool and have suspected for a while that he may be dyslexic. The only subject that he does do well in is the Math U See curriculum. I feel like I have tried every creative thing I can to help him with reading and spelling, but, as he gets older, I also feel like I’m losing time. I’m definitely going to give this system a try!

  2. Melanie says

    I have a 10 year old dyslexic son and I highly recommend Barton tutoring! You can also teach your child on your own if you wish. Worth the money! Teaching Textbooks for math is also helpful, as there is less writing and they can use their strong auditory skills. Diane Craft’s website is also helpful- specifically the crossbody exercies and Nordic Naturals fish oil (it really isn’t that bad!). Lastly, your child will need to lean on what he is strongest in- find out what that is and encourage it to the max! This will help offset the challenges that reading brings!

  3. Leslie says

    I’m an Academic Therapist. I specialize in teaching reading and language to Dyslexic children/adults. Here are some resources you may find helpful: – a complete homeschool curriculum designed specifically to implement multi-sensory instruction at home…developed by Jemicy School in MD, a school which specializes in multi-sensory instruction for Learning Different children – budget friendly, lessons are already developed, all books, materials, etc are sent to you. – sometimes they have parent workshops/info (near DC in MD) – International Dyslexia Association – search for Matrix, it is a comprehensive list of OG based multi-sensory instruction programs, also search for parent info free publications you can print from the site – Academic Therapy Language Association, resource for connecting to people who may be able to help you with your child’s education needs – good teaching info/materials (TX)
    Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico – good resource, comprehensive multi-sensory language curriculum training
    The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity – Dr. Sally Shaywitz –
    Good Luck with your decision.

  4. says

    My son is 9 years old and has Dyslexia and ADHD. We have found one-to-one tutoring with an Orton Gillingham tutor to be what has worked for us. They work on reading, writing and spelling. We also pushed hard for an IEP. We found it easier to get an IEP under Other Health Impairments – ADHD rather than citing reading and writing processing impairment under the Specific Learning Disability umbrella.

  5. Beth says

    Our daughter 10 has dyslexia, we homeschool while living overseas. We have found success with Verticy Phonics/Spelling and Writing program. And we enjoyed the Verticy Math as well, it had loads of extra hands on lessons to help reinforce ideas. I enjoyed this because it is very easy to teach and everything you need is included. I was a bit overwelmed with the Susan Barton because we had to try to print everything off and we live in a remote place where that just wasn’t possible. I feel that the reading program was a bit weak with Verticy- we are now using Bob Jones reading and she is up to grade level. It has taken a lot of hard work- but PTL she is doing much better. It took her 4 years to learn to read with fluency but now is reading much better- her dyslexia mainly affects her spelling and math- and she gets frustrated very easily.
    I am always interested in finding new resources to help us in our journey.

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