The summer holidays are probably the best time of the year for all children to engage in many kinds of educational opportunities but children with learning disabilities can really benefit by taking part in learning activities that are part of their summer experience. Fun is guaranteed and their achievements will boost their overall confidence.
Find some suitable books for children to read during the summer holidays. Pop into your local library to enquire about audio books for the dyslexic or any reading programs available to help struggling readers. Try and read with your child for 15 minutes each day. Take turns - you read one page and your child reads the next.
Bake a cake.
Help your child find a cake recipe, let your child write the grocery list and go shopping for the ingredients. Talk about ideas to decorate the cake and let your child experiment. Invite your child's friends over for a piece of cake and a drink - tell the children that your child made and decorated the cake!
Encourage your child to take notes on a family trip, this could be done with digital recorder, let them take photographs and show them how to write a family journal and add descriptions to the photos.
Choose a couple of songs your child likes, play the CD several times a day at home or when you are in the car. Learn the words of by heart together with your child. If your child is not keen on singing choose some popular rhymes.
"Doctor Foster went to Gloucester, in a shower of rain. He stepped in a puddle, right up to his middle, and never went there again."
Apps for children with learning disabilities.
iCommunicate is an app that users interactive learning tools using text-to-speech technology. You can upload a photo of your child and they can use the reference as a method of improving communication.
Eye Contact Zoo is the perfect game for children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Children receive rewards for making direct eye contact, it also helps develop your child's social skills.
iSpeech is an app that helps children with speech difficulties. If your child has problems with specific letter sounds like "ck" or "sh" this app could help your child.
Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition software app that translates words to text. Excellent program for children with reading and writing difficulties.
First Tutors wishes all our families and tutors a very happy summer holiday!