Steps to Building Reading Success With Your Dyslexic Child Through Food.


Reading can be a painful process for a dyslexic child. The words and letters jump around, sounds don’t come out right. They guess to fill in the blanks when they don’t know. They  say every word that is close to the actual meaning of what they are trying to read. To help avoid frustration take an out of the box approach to teaching your child. The traditional methods of sitting at a table to practice  memorization of broken down phonemes may not be for your child.

Read the recipe to your child. Speak directly to your child. Speak slowly and clearly, pronouncing each sound very carefully; you want him to notice each word or word part you say.

Exaggerate sounds—for example, mmmmango—and have him do the same when he repeats back to you.
Auditory discrimination:  The ability to hear likenesses and differences in phonemes and words. Say these sounds: /t/ /p/.  Are they the same or different? To a dyslexic they can be the same. Auditory discrimination is essential in teaching your dyslexic child to read. (See below #1)

Read recipes to your child daily and cook with them whenever possible.

Play rhyming games (example: have him pick a food that rhymes with another foods— (See below #2)

Make up your own jingles, rhymes, or silly stories to highlight a particular sound, or even sing a song together. Funny and visually absurd rhymes and alliterations often work best in making a sound more salient to the child. To highlight the “ssss” sound, for example, sing with him, “Sally sips soy sauce at the seashore.”

Use concrete objects (Goldfish crackers or grapes) to represent the sounds in words. Your child should indicate how many sounds he hears in a word by the number of Goldfish crackers he places on the table. This practice creates phonemic awareness: The awareness that spoken language consists of a sequence of phonemes. For example, how many sounds in  the spoken word, pizza? Say all the sounds you hear.

Vowels are A…Apple E…Eat I…Ice Cream O…Orange U…Upside-down cake
Consonants, qu, th ch and sh.
B… Rib
L… Lemon
N… Corn
P… Pie
R… Pear
S…  Mussel
T… Nut
V…  Avocado
W… Wishbone
X… To go box
Y… Yam
Z… cheese whiz
Ch… Cheese
Th… Thread noodles
Sh… Short bread

(#2)   Food rhymes
Alfredo / potato / tomato
Apple / scrapple / Snapple
Artichoke / Coke / egg yolk
Baloney / cannelloni / macaroni / minestrone / rigatoni / pepperoni
Beans / greens / sardines / tangerines
Beet / meat / sweet / treat / wheat
Beef / leaf
Beef jerky / tofurkey / turkey
Berry / cherry / dairy
Blini / fettuccine / linguine / martini / panini / tortellini / zucchini
Bread / sandwich spread
Burritos / Doritos / Fritos / Tostitos
Butter brickle / pickle
Cake / shake / steak
Candy cane / grain / sugar cane
Cannoli / guacamole / ravioli / stromboli
Chai / fry / pie / rye
Cheese / peas
Chex mix / Kix / Pixie Stix / Trix / Twix
Chicken legs / eggs
Chicken wings / onion rings
Chip / dip / licorice whip
Clam / ham / jam / lamb / Spam / yam
Crème brûlée / curds and whey / fish fillet / Milky Way / parfait / pâté / puree / sorbet / souffle
Crepe / grape
Crumb / gum / plum
Crunch ‘n Munch / Nestles Crunch / punch
Coffee / toffee
Custard / mustard
Empanada / enchilada / tostada
Fajita / margarita / pita / Velveeta
Falafel / Offal / Waffle
Fondue / Mountain Dew / stew
Fries / pies
Glaze / maize / mayonnaise
Goose / juice / mousse
Gummi bears / pears
Ice / rice / spice
Lemon drops / lollipops / Tootsie pops
Lime / thyme
Noodle / strudel
Pastrami / salami
Roast / toast

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