Life in the classroom can be difficult for a dyslexic child. Though these children seem to be bright and highly intelligent, their ability to read, write and spell at grade level becomes more challenging as time goes by, especially when not treated.
Because reading is emphasized strongly in standardized testing from K-8 and all through high school. Early diagnosis can offer a plan to help dyslexic students beat the condition.
Dyslexia affects people in different ways however, the best way to explain this condition is that dyslexia causes an interruption of information to the brain that is hard to explain. Words look jumbled to a dyslexic such as a foreign language might appear to us. Words can move, back ground can change color. What looks like normal words to us can look like a distorted mess to a dyslexic.
Dyslexia In The Classroom
For a dyslexic student, it can be extremely frustrating and emotional during test taking and reading time. Sometimes these students can be thought of as lazy or careless and some try to cover up their disability by acting out. Most often these students are just misunderstood.
With the right tools, much can be done to create a comfortable learning environment that will build confidence in a dyslexic child.
Like any good teacher who uses different teaching methods for different learners, dyslexic children can benefit from a specific learning style as well.
For the Student – Stay Organized
Good organization is one of the most important qualities to have for any student and crucial to a dyslexic learner. In one binder create a folder for every class and a separate folder for all homework to be completed and homework already completed. This will give the student a sense of accomplishment as well as a sense of urgency. Make sure that everything is written down in a central location such as an assignment book or calendar. Routine is important and will help the dyslexic student remember.
For the Teacher – Classroom Cheats
- Assignments should be on the chalkboard before students enter the classroom or in the beginning of class, to allow lots of time for copying down the information.
- Allow enough space between each assignment.
- During reading time, pair students who are at the same level.
- Students should read at their level to ensure good comprehension.
- Keep dyslexic students motivated. When students feel discouraged they tend to give up or act out as do most students.
- Spelling lists should be structured and not random.
- Remember that dyslexic children will have to work harder to meet success so realize that they may tire quicker as well.
Working together with patience and perseverance, your dyslexic student will achieve great success!
Some of the most successful and creative people have dyslexia.
Henry Winkler, Orlando bloom, Patrick Dempsey, Tom Cruise, Cher, Kiera Knightley, Bruce Jenner, Anthony Hopkins, Jay Leno, Leonardo de Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and many others have or have had dyslexia.