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Teaching Students With Dyslexia: A Guide For Educators

written by: Janelle Cox • edited by: Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch • updated: 5/18/2015

Teachers must have a firm grasp of how dyslexia affects their students. Use these resources to help you learn strategies, tips and lessons that will provide your students with the knowledge they need to succeed.

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    dyslexia Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard for students to decipher reading and spelling words. It's a neurological disorder that affects the way a student processes language. Dyslexia can be tough to overcome, but it can be done with the right strategies.

    Effective teachers recognize the difficulties these students have, and they proactively equip themselves with the knowledge and teaching strategies they need to provide their students with the best opportunity to succeed.

    In the articles that follow, you'll find teaching strategies and tips to help you successfully reach the student with dyslexia. This also includes modified lesson plans and hands-on activities, as well as information on what dyslexia is and the severity of its impact on learning, if it's not diagnosed and addressed properly.

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    Understanding Dyslexia

    In order to teach your students effectively, you need to inform yourself with information on the disorder. If you are equipped with the background information on the disability, then it will provide the child with the best possible outcome to succeed.

    Not all dyslexic students are the same, as the disorder can range from minor to severe. Here is a list of the common types of dyslexia:

    1. Literal
    2. Phonological
    3. Neglect
    4. Semantic
    5. Spelling
    6. Pure
    7. Deep

    The best way to deal with this learning disability is to work closely with the parents. Check in frequently at the home to make sure that the child is receiving the best education and the same opportunities as their peers. Become aware of the parents' ability to cope with this disability and reinforce practices best suited to their child's needs.

    Utilize these authoritative links below to inform yourself on dyslexia. You will read about the causes, how you can help, separating fact from fiction, and much more about understanding symptoms and strategies that make a difference.

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    Teaching Tips and Strategies

    Developing a variety of strategies in the classroom will ensure that students with dyslexia will be able to grow academically. In order to do this, your goal should be to help build the skills they need in order to overcome this disability. Use the following ideas to increase self-confidence and reduce the overall work load:

    • Utilize technology
    • Provide a daily outline of goals
    • Construct the classroom for success
    • Be responsive to your students' wants and needs
    • Recognize accomplishments and praise

    Some of the ideas showcased in the following articles include: multisensory techniques, phonics instruction, direct instruction, elements of dyslexia testing and visual learning strategies. Learning to read is an essential skill that all children must learn in order to succeed in school. Unfortunately for students with dyslexia, this task is a hard feat. Flash cards, books on tape, graphic organizers, manipulatives (coins, plastic letters or numbers, and counters), and charts or graphs comprise reading strategies a teacher can try to help these students learn. Use these multisensory ideas to help teach any concept:

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    Activities and Lessons

    Once you develop resources to fortify your knowledge and assemble information on the disorder, then it becomes imperative that you use activities and lessons that accommodate the student with dyslexia. Create or use activities that will help your students achieve each of two goals:

    1. They will be able to read words accurately.
    2. They will be able to read words effortlessly and fluently.

    Learners can achieve these goals by actively participating in activities and lessons, practicing reading and a lot of repetitive reading. Use the following activities and lessons as they are or modify them as you wish:

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    Tell Us What You Think

    Teaching students with dyslexia does not have to be daunting. You can utilize the collection of articles above and inform yourself about the disorder. With a little compassion and the use of a lot of strategies, this disorder can be overcome.

    Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us. What kind of strategies and teaching applications have you implemented? If you have a comment or suggestion on any of the above articles, please tell us what you think. We welcome your feedback and would love to hear from you.