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Strategies for Dyslexia

Here are many easy, practical strategies that can support children with dyslexia both at school and at home. Small adaptations to day-to-day practice can make a huge difference and ensure that they are learning effectively:

  • Sit your child where they can see you and ask for help easily
  • Give your child ‘thinking time’ to process information and respond
  • Make instructions short and simple.
  • Break tasks down into small manageable steps (My Task Board- see below)
  • Explain and present information many times in various ways (pictures, flow charts, diagrams)
  • Ask your child to repeat instructions so you can check their understanding
  • Display prompts and reminders about what to do, where to find things, useful words
  • Label equipment - always keep this in the same place, indicate items when mentioned
  • Provide alphabet strips, word banks, numbered prompts of what to do 
  • Provide - and demonstrate how to use - practical aids (calculator, number/tables squares)
  • Use multi-sensory  approaches to ensure that information is absorbed and stored.
  • Many children with dyslexia are kinaesthetic learners (they learn by doing). Engage them in purposeful movement, using rhythm and visual activities to stimulate memory and trigger recall
  • Encourage alternatives to writing - respond by drawing or dictating/recording answers.
  • Check your child’s learning by  non-written responses - draw, act out, sing, dictate answers
  • Give plenty of time to complete written work- encourage typing skills
  • Encourage the use of books in audio/digital format to support individual access to texts
  • Minimise the number of errors you highlight – perhaps only one of each type. Suggest how to avoid these in the future.

(Dyslexia: How Teachers Can Help)

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