SOME BASIC TEACHING SOLUTIONS FOR DYSLEXIC STUDENTS
These are some basic issues that can be resolved by appropriate teaching methods:
1. To print out answers or exercises, the right brain requires lessons in how to use the space on a page to suit the assignment and how to print the letters correctly. This is an example of a Dyslexic 7 year child in grade two.
Dyslexic children have difficulty comprehending limits and where exactly to print their answers. If they had two lines and a dotted line under each question they could practice how to use the space on a page.
2. To learn to spell a word, the right brain needs to see a drawn or printed image of the whole word, not separate parts nor their phonetic sounds. Connecting it with an image of what the word represents.
3. To understand and remember a lesson, it must be taught completely at one sitting with an overview and an explanation of why the students are learning it, what it means or what it is. If not, the Dyslexic student will have difficulty understanding what was taught and their short term memory could discard it, so that it is totally forgotten the next day.
For example; when learning about volcanoes the first lesson would be an overview of what volcanoes are and what they do. Next lesson could be a short review of the day before and then discussing the parts of a volcano and their purpose. This could be followed by a project about volcanoes with an example of a completed project, etc.
4. To read fluently and with comprehension, the right brain must have a whole memorized visual reading vocabulary to match the level of difficulty of the material to be read. Reading with understanding cannot be done if the student must first decode the majority of the words in a passage. This can be accomplished with a "Dyslexia Friendly" spelling and reading program.
Check out our well regarded "14 Steps to Teach Dyslexics How to Spell and Read" in our Summer Program Special
5. To know how to write a sentence, paragraph, story, report or essay a Dyslexic needs to be taught how to see the parts of what they are writing about in a logical structured order. Because they think primarily in the "big picture" they have difficulty seeing the details and the order of them. Emphasis on "mind or word maps: or "clustering" is very helpful so they can see the whole and the parts.
Check out our highly successful "14 Steps to Teach Dyslexics How to Spell and Read" in our Summer Program Special for "clustering".
6. To complete an assignment that is to be marked by the teacher a few days or weeks from now requires a complete explanation of how they are to carry out the assignment at every stage from start to handing it in. (See The Five Steps to Learning)
7. To work with mathematical word problems which are very abstract using drawings of the elements of the word problem. This will help the student see the math equation(s) in the problem.