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Dyslexia Support: Strategies and Resources for Students and Teachers

Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects the way the brain processes language. It makes it difficult for individuals to recognise and decode words which affects a person’s ability to read, write, and spell. People with dyslexia often have difficulty with the ability to break down words into their individual sounds. This can make it challenging for them to understand the relationship between sounds and letters, and to recognise and spell words accurately. It is a lifelong condition that can be managed with appropriate support and intervention.

As dyslexia affects so much of the way in which students learn, it is important for both students and teachers to understand the condition properly. This gives students an equal opportunity within the educational system. There are a wide range of strategies and resources available that help provide support. We will look at some of these strategies and resources.

Multi-sensory teaching methods

Dyslexia Support: Strategies and Resources for Students and Teachers

Multi-sensory teaching methods are becoming increasingly popular in today’s classroom environment. It allows dyslexic students to better comprehend and retain information resulting in increased student achievement. When more senses are used, the more effective the learning experience will be. From a teacher’s perspective, multi-sensory teaching methods offer a range of options that make lessons fun and interactive while still teaching.

Lessons involve using visual (watching and seeing), aural (listening and hearing ), olfactory and gustatory (smell and taste), tactile (sense to touch) and kinaesthetic senses (the position and movement of the body). Students will greatly benefit from using all of these senses.

Examples of these teaching methods include:

  • Visual techniques: Paintings, posters and videos.
  • Playing with different artistic mediums such as clay.
  • Using gestures to make phonemes: The basic unit of a word sound is a phoneme. A list of gestures are used to represent the phonemes.
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Advantages of multi-sensory teaching methods are:

  • Reduces stress by allowing students to learn in artistic, fun ways.
  • Offers flexibility through videos that can be easily accessed online and viewed at home.
  • Improves retention using multiple senses allowing them to make deeper connections with their learning, making it easier to recall later.
  • Increases their motivation and engagement through the excitement of creative teaching methods.

Did You Know?

450,000 people in Ireland have dyslexia (10% of the population) which means 3 children in every classroom have dyslexia.

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Assistive technology

Assistive technology is a powerful tool for students with dyslexia, allowing them to access and process information more easily. Teachers can adapt lessons or create assignments based on specific tools, providing a more personalised learning experience for each student.

Examples of assistive technology are:

• Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Software.
• Word Prediction Software.
• Mind Mapping Software.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Software: This is technology that transforms numbers, letters, and punctuation from written documents into an electronic device.
Word Prediction Software: This improves typing speed and accuracy by “auto-completing” words that are typed.
Mind Mapping Software: This is a learning and organisational tool. It allows users to create maps and diagrams. Useful for note-taking and problem-solving. It also helps with the outlining of projects and presentations.

Advantages of assistive technology are:

  • Proven to improve written expression, fluency, and comprehension by utilizing speech-to-text software.
  • Teachers and students have an opportunity to make learning accessible to all through digital versions of textbooks and audio/video recordings of lectures.
  • It sets dyslexic students up for long-term success in the classroom by making learning easier.
  • Improves students’ self-esteem and gives them a sense of independence. Allowing them to work on their own.

Create a supportive environment

Teaching students with dyslexia requires a supportive learning environment that gives them the best opportunity to succeed. Teachers need to understand their students’ emotional needs and look beyond their academic performance. Instead, they should focus on the skills and attributes their students have in order to reach their full potential. Having patience and being empathetic to students will allow them to progress with their school work and will help them feel comfortable in the classroom.

Teachers can create this supportive environment by:

  • Offering one on one support, allowing shy students to become more comfortable with discussing any issues they may be having.
  • Allow extra time for students to complete work and activities, this way they don’t feel too stressed and panicked.
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources to accommodate different learning styles.
  • Watch for signs of misunderstanding or confusion from the students and address them as soon as possible.
  • Teachers can provide written assignments that are produced in larger, heavily-spaced fonts for improved readability.

There are many teaching resources available for teachers from the Dyslexia Association of Ireland which details guidelines for schools on how to use resources to best meet the learning needs of students with special needs.

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By using the above techniques, teachers will be able to create a supportive learning environment for students with dyslexia, enabling them to better succeed in their academic studies. It’s important for teachers to assess the needs of each student with dyslexia, as well as support each individual’s strengths and abilities.

With sufficient support from dedicated professionals and reliable technical resources, students with dyslexia can learn how to tackle their educational challenges while still pursuing academic excellence.

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