8 Secrets for Teaching Children With Dyslexia
How can I best help my child?
Experts agree that best practice for teaching children with dyslexia is to teach them 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.
8 Ways to Help a Child 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 his mind as he reads
6. Summarize and give the big picture first - then start with the details
7. Don't dwell on teaching phonemic awareness as that is not how they learn best
8. Use a multi-sensory teaching approach to reading (used all at one time)
“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
How We Can Help You
Our products are multi-sensory which simply means that we have created materials that will utilize as many avenues to the brain as possible for the benefit of visual learners. Read more here.