• Get effective intervention for your child using a structured literacy program provided by a qualified professional. Fees paid for private intervention programs for learning disabilities may be tax deductible as a medical expense For more information; check the Canada Revenue Agency website (click here or here) and/or talk to an accountant. The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has prepared a fact sheet on federal tax deductions and credits.
  • Encourage your child to read out loud every day for 10-20 minutes, using text that is appropriate for their reading level. If a child is in an intervention program, appropriate reading material may be provided.
  • Read to your child everyday or encourage them to listen to age-appropriate or grade-level audio-books. This will ensure vocabulary and comprehension development, and keep them interested and excited about books. These books may be at a significantly higher level than their current reading ability. Check your local library for audiobooks or purchase them at sites such as audible.com.
  • If your child has a diagnosed reading (print) disability, apply for free access to downloadable audio-books through the Canadian Equitable Library Access program.
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  • For older students encourage the use of assistive technologies, including speech-to-text software (for writing), text-to-speech software (for speaking), text enlargement, enhanced spelling/grammar checkers and graphic organizers and outliners.
  • Have a discussion with the child’s school and psychologist about appropriate accommodations , such as extra time for tests or having a quiet place to do tests.
  • Provide emotional support to your child. Celebrate and support their strengths and abilities. Encourage their participation in sports, music, arts or other activities that the student enjoys.