Thankfully, I came to realize that I didn't 'mess him up', but I do wish I had realized this sooner so we could have tackled the issue and instilled more confidence in him for reading.
Our homeschool adviser suggested we use some dyslexia tactics to help him with his reading and that led me to find this app for the iPad called Dyslexia Quest.
Dyslexia Quest is currently $1.99
As you progress up the mountain, you will stop to play games along the way.
This is a short term memory game. Short term memory is one of the things dyslexia can affect. The arrow pulls down the 'secret code' for the symbols. The child then drags the correct number below its proper symbol. My son started out having to pull the decoder down for every symbol. He worked his way up to pulling it at least every other time now.... but hey, this is a work on progress ;-)
This is one game to help train the eye to search for a similar pattern and to focus on finding the correct pattern. This helps the eye and brain to work together among the distraction of the faces being the same color scheme.
The child earns characters as they play.
This is a game of matching phonetic blends.
Reinforcing phonetics is a huge part of this game. They will work on letter sounds singular, blends, and such. They also have the student sound words out backwards to reinforce those phonetic sounds.
My son did so well on this game, and he is working harder on his reading than before.
This game gives a sequence of events. The child imitates the given sequence. This helps to reinforce short term memory skills.
As the child progresses through the game, this aspect becomes much more challenging. My son got a pretty big thrill when he stomped me at this one ;-)
The game tracks advancement and encourages the student to review and redo to master each skill.