1. Praise Gives Power; Criticism Kills
A dyslexic person needs to have confidence to learn and overcome their difficulties. Because they have experienced failure, deep down they don’t believe they are capable of learning.
Provide the opportunity to succeed.
Give praise for small achievements.
2. Don’t ask a dyslexic to read aloud
Words are likely to be misread or skipped, causing embarrassment.
3. Don’t punish a dyslexic for forgetting things like books or sports kit
Offer positive strategies such as having one place to put things away.
4. Don’t call a dyslexic lazy
Dyslexics have to work harder to produce a smaller amount.
Dyslexics have difficulty staying focused when reading, writing or listening.
5. Expect less written work
A dyslexic may be verbally bright but struggle to put ideas into writing.
Allow a dyslexic more time for reading, listening and understanding.
6. Prepare a printout of homework and stick it in their book
Provide numbered steps, e.g. 1. Do this. 2. Do that etc.
7. Do not expect a dyslexic to copy text from a board or book
Give a printout. Suggest they highlight key areas and draw thumbnail pictures in the margin to represent the most important points.
8. Accept homework created on a computer
Physical handwriting is torture for most dyslexics. Word processors make life much easier. Allow them to use the Spell checker and help with grammar and punctuation so that you can see the quality of the content.
9. Discuss an activity to make sure it is understood
Visualising the activity or linking it to a funny action may help dyslexics remember.
10. Give the opportunity to answer questions orally
Dyslexics can often demonstrate their understanding with a spoken answer but are unable with to put those ideas in writing.
All credit to the Nessy website for these useful tips. You can find further information and support for Teachers, Parents/Carers and students on this site.