The preface for this article is that your child has dyslexia. They were born with it, They will go through life with it. They will succeed with it and they will die with it.
That being said, Dyslexia or any other learning disability is not a terminal problem for your child's education. They will succeed, they will adapt, they will overcome. They will do this through the avenues they travel down.
These avenues start with the support of the family and friends, and continues with the support, compassion and help from their teachers.
"I have dyslexia. I had to learn how to learn and was taught to do it right" said one successful graduate of The Landmark School in Beverly MA.That student, happens to be your writer.
As a parent, you have to realize that you may not have the experience or education to teach them properly, but that is what the professional educators, counselors and support staff will do. Their job is important for the baseline to start them down the right path.
You as the parent have the more important job. You need to be there for reassurance and emotional support. When they first are told they have a learning disability, they will have a range of emotions. They may think they are stupid, they may say that they are retarded. They may even get picked on or made fun of by the so called normal students. You need to reaffirm to them that (and this is so true) most students that have dyslexia also have an IQ that is at least above average and sometimes, genius level. Break down the word Disability, and re affirm that "Ability" part of it. One awesome definition of ABILITY as defined by The Council For The Advancement of Native Development Officers, is "the power to perform or accomplish something." They need to know that they have the ABILITY. They too can be a General George Patton, Muhammed Ali, JFK, Albert Einstein, or even The Fonz.
You as parents also need patience. The change won't happen overnight, or even in a few days or weeks. However, in time, grades will rise and success will come.
You have options in education. You can depend on the Special Education of your own community's school system, or you can research schools such as Landmark or The Carroll School which are tuition based and private. You need a plan B and C, because, just because your child has dyslexia, it does not guarantee acceptance into any program. There are requirements such as environmental stability, IQ as well as factoring in any additional familial or individual problems.
Patience really is virtuous here and it will be rewarded with the success of your child.