Being dyslexia aware is vital for all schools and educators. Every child with dyslexia is affected in a different way. Some have more serious issues with reading and spelling while for others, the main struggle is processing speed, organization or short term memory. Approximately 1 in 5 children have a learning difference like dyslexia in the US while 1 in 10 suffer in the UK. It is therefore crucial that all educators are aware of the signs, symptoms and learning techniques for dyslexia in children.

A learning difference

Students with dyslexia learn differently. They respond best to multi-sensory learning techniques and an inclusive, dyslexia-friendly classroom is incredibly important. Successful learning experiences must be achievable for every student.

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Being dyslexia aware means that a school/individual teachers know how to teach using different techniques and tools. Having the knowledge and understanding about a dyslexic child’s struggle will significantly help that child gain confidence and be the best they can be. Knowing the signs to look out for could save a child years of self-doubt. Every child has a coping mechanism, however with the correct support put in place, they do not need to cope on their own. Being dyslexia aware will have a significant impact on the child’s life.

How to help

If a school/teacher is not dyslexia aware, they will not understand the importance of certain accommodations and resources which are vital to the success and future of every child with a learning difficulty/learning difference.

Click here for a list of the BEST tools for dyslexia

Accommodations to consider:
  • Daily routines – structure is crucial.
  • Simple and clear directions – single-step directions are very important with the key factors highlighted. Directions should be repeated as required.
  • Small amounts of work presented at one time – be realistic with expectations.
  • Use of recording devices – for students to replay lessons as needed for clarity and understanding.
  • Additional activities and resources for practice – to help with mastering certain skills.
  • Multi-sensory learning techniques – the combination of verbal, visual and audio communication as well as a balance of presentations, dictation and activities.
  • Highlight essential information – on all worksheets.
  • Copies of notes – for those unable to keep up in lessons/lectures.
  • Reading guides – which are essential study maps of the content to help with focus and understanding. These can be developed page-by-page or section-by-section.
  • A graphic organiser – such as charts, a blank web, or an outline. Students then listen for key information to fill the organiser.
  • Provide a list of keywords/key points – either written on the board or given individually as an additional resource.
  • Insert Glossaries into worksheets – to improve understanding.
  • Mnemonic instruction – to help retain key information.
  • Place students close to the teacher – away from distractions.
  • Encourage the use of calendars and diaries – to write down homework tasks and other deadlines.
  • Introduce a daily review – to help students re-engage with what they learnt earlier in the day.
  • Include multiple choice, underlining and sorting as ways to answer questions – not just writing.
  • Give tests in oral and written format – allow them the chance to show off their knowledge.
  • Pair with peers – such as a reading buddy and encourage note sharing with their peers.
  • Turn lined paper vertical for maths – to ensure numbers stay in the correct columns.
  • Allow number lines, counters and calculators while they learn different mathematical operations.
  • Give extra time to complete written assignments.

Download this PDF infographic on being dyslexia aware. Print it, share it and use it. It could make all the difference for a struggling child in your class.

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An infographic on dyslexia awareness, looking at reading, spelling and writing

For more information on teaching a child with dyslexia, read this blog on the top 40 hints and if you would like to transform your class into an inclusive, dyslexia-friendly space, click here to find out how.

***Are you a teacher? If so are you aware of the best practices for teaching phonics to a child with dyslexia? Click here to find out the basics of phonics and dyslexia

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