Parenting a child with dyslexia

Parenting a child with dyslexia

Chris Stanway, Lorna Miles


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Many adopted and looked after children experience particular health issues or other difficulties, sometimes due to their early experiences of loss and lack of care. This book focuses on dyslexia. If you are looking to adopt a child, this guide will give you practical and realistic information on what this condition may mean for your child, along with their symptoms, prognosis and treatment.

This book provides expert knowledge coupled with facts, figures and guidance presented in a straightforward and accessible style.

A foster carer/adopter also describes what it is like to parent children with dyslexia, sharing their parenting experience and offering useful advice.

This book is part of CoramBAAF’s Parenting Matters series which explores many of the health conditions commonly diagnosed in looked after children.

Who is this book for?

A useful book for adopters, those thinking about adopting, foster carers, social work practitioners and all those involved in the care of looked after children. The combination of expert information and first-hand experience will help readers gain knowledge and understanding and make informed decisions.

What you will find in this book

The first half of the book examines dyslexia, including symptoms, prognosis and treatment. It outlines specific parenting tasks, education issues, and where to get help for your child and family.

In the second half, an adopter/foster carer describes her experiences of parenting a child with dyslexia, and how this affected, and continues to affect, day-to-day family life.

‘Although Malcolm’s reading and writing skills were slowly progressing, he was nowhere near the level of most of his peers. His lack of maths skills and organisational abilities were causing all kinds of problems both in and out of school. As Malcolm got older, his “difficulties” began to have more impact on day-to-day life; his short-term memory was dreadful ad he could use something one minute and not have a clue where he had put it the next…He needed a checklist to tick off items to make sure that he had everything he needed for school.’  Lorna Miles


Chris Stanway:
Chris Stanway has worked in education all her working life. She taught in mainstream schools for over 30 years, undertaking a wide variety of roles. As a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), she had management responsibility for providing resources for dyslexic children. Chris developed the role of Designated Teacher for Looked After Children. She also established and ran an inclusion unit within a mainstream school for children with a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Lorna Miles is an adoptive parent and has been a foster carer on and off for 25 years. In addition, she has worked with children in care in a variety of settings. She is involved in training foster carers and runs workshops on attachment.