Going Back-to-school (At Home!) with the book At home with Dyslexia by Sascha Roos

Title: At Home with Dyslexia: A parent’s guide to supporting your child (2018)

Author: Sascha Roos

Illustrator: Danielle Sheehy

“Home should be a refuge from those negative school experiences.” ~Sascha Roos, at home with dyslexia

Irish author and dyslexia specialist Sascha Roos wrote the book At Home with Dyslexia to help parents support their child’s learning and emotional needs at home. This focus on home makes the book unique, as most dyslexia books focus on school.

Roos’ book has taken on even more relevance during the pandemic. Never before have so many children been studying at home!

I read At Home with Dyslexia over my summer holidays. An essential read as we head into a year of school unlike any other.

This year, my daughter is facing two big changes: she is going to study online and she is entering high school!

That’s another thing that makes this book unique. Most books include information for younger children, somehow forgetting that our dyslexic kids grow up to be dyslexic teens. Thankfully, Roos takes an in-depth look at how to make the change from elementary to high school go much smoother for teens and their parents.

Use stick-it notes to aid working memory (illustration by Danielle Sheehy)

The big takeaway for me as a parent of a teenager? While I’m still needed, it’s time to give my daughter space. That means giving her the physical SPACE to work in our home and the head SPACE to work independently.

Main message: Help your teen get organized and make yourself available — then back away (easier said than done some days!).

My daughter seems to agree with Roos. But she has allowed her eager mom and dad to help her set up a quiet office area and to organize some visual aids (such as a calendar and white board) to help her stay organized.

Getting ready for school has been a huge task this year given that our school board is setting up a massive new online learning system and there have been many hiccups along the way. Even more so for students with IEPs.

So we’re focusing on the essentials: Get organized, stay calm and be prepared for anything!

Things you need to create a productive learning environment for high school students at home (illustration by Danielle Sheehy)

Why we love it

  1. Designed and written for dyslexia: Very easy to read and navigate, and illustrated by Danielle Sheehy (who is dyslexic)
  2. How to talk to your child about dyslexia and foster self-confidence
  3. Practical, usable tips to improve reading, spelling and working memory
  4. Dyslexia-positive information to help parents spot and understand dyslexia at any age: Really important information on recognizing that your children have to work hard to learn and that can cause both frustration and fatigue
  5. Lots of great advice around homework: don’t do it for your child; don’t overload your child with extra work; schedule in breaks and time for fun; and let your teacher know if your child is struggling with homework (it’s helpful for teacher’s to know if it’s taking more time to complete than expected)

At home with dyslexia on Youtube

Sascha Roos has also produced a series of Youtube videos walking you through her book At Home with Dyslexia – During the Covid Lockdown.’

Sascha Roos is an author and dyslexia specialist supporting people with the challenges of dyslexia for over 15 years. She has a well-established private practice, and an approach that encourages the strengths and abilities of the dyslexic individual. Sascha is a member of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland, the Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the Society of Authors. Visit her website for more information.


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