8 Secrets for Teaching Children With Dyslexia
Experts agree that the best practice for teaching children with dyslexia is to teach them by engaging all their senses (multisensory teaching). This means using visuals, motion, body movement, hands-on, and auditory elements in their learning. Studies have shown that children with dyslexia draw from various regions in their brains while engaging in reading, so it stands to reason that using teaching approaches that stimulate various regions in the brain would ensure success for these learners.
“Children with dyslexia have a difficult time learning to read and write in a typical classroom setting. Most teachers often gear their lessons to students with auditory learning styles. The teacher relies mostly on talking to teach. Teachers lecture, explain and answer questions orally. The dyslexic learner cannot process this information using only his auditory modality. For this reason, dyslexic learners need to learn using an approach that simultaneously combines auditory, visual, and tactile learning strategies to teach skills and concepts."
~ Karina Richmond, MA
Pride Learning Center
8 Ways to Help a Child with Dyslexia
Here a 8 helpful ways to teach in a multisensory way that work wonders for children with dyslexia
1. Incorporate visual elements in learning
2. Involve body movement in learning
3. Use an explicit, systematic approach to teaching reading to be sure that everything is taught that needs to be
4. Read out loud in order to utilize the auditory pathway to the brain
5. Utilize visuals in books and prompt the child to visualize in their mind as they read
6. Summarize and give the big picture first, then start with the details
7. Don't dwell on teaching phonemic awareness because that is not how they learn best
8. Use a multi-sensory teaching approach to reading (all at one time)
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