I just recently realized that my son (9yo) is dyslexic. He has had trouble reading and writing for forever, and now that I am expecting him to write more independently (we were doing a lot of copy work before) it has become obvious that he is dyslexic. He frequently switches his letters and numbers around, sometimes he writes ALL of his letters backwards and starts on the wrong side of the paper, etc. I have not had him formally diagosed, and this is mostly because I don't know what to do next.
Is there some way I can get him tested so that we can get some sort of formal diagnoses? It would preferably be free, since we are very poor right now. Also, what type of curriculum or teaching style do you use? I have read that instructions on phonetics is the best for dyslexics, but it was in an old book. Have you told your child that they are dyslexic? I don't know if that information would be helpful to him, so I am hesitant to share it and also it is only a hunch (that I am almost totally positive of!).
Any other information would be greatly appreciated!