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School Support for Dyslexic Students

Published September 14, 2020 by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
What Supports Do Teachers Use to Help Dyslexic Students?

Teachers use a variety of techniques to assist students who suffer from dyslexia. However, no one technique works better for all children. Students with this disability experience it at different degrees of difficulty in reading and spelling. Such a student often has a normal brain. However, he or she may have strengths in areas other than in the language arts.

How Do Teachers Support Students with Dyslexia?

It is important to have the child evaluated as soon as you detect that something is amiss. An evaluation can reveal potential problems early enough that they can be addressed in preschool or kindergarten. The teacher can use various teaching techniques to help, depending on the severity of the dyslexia. Some of these are:

  • Always pre-teach any new concepts or words.
  • Provide advance organizers so the student may more easily follow along during the lesson.
  • Distribute letter and number strips. These will help the student see how the letter or number should appear.
  • When reading to the students, provide colored emphasizers to help them see the text as it is being read.
  • When preparing worksheets, use either large-print or bold text to ensure that the visual connection is accurate. Try to stress any key words.
  • Allow the students to use a text reader or computer program to assist in reading, spelling, and pronunciation.
  • When presenting an assignment, show examples of correct work and provide a printed cop for the students.
  • Arrange assignments from easiest to hardest.
  • Always provide extra time for spelling, reading, and writing tasks.
  • Always give the students several opportunities when reading aloud.
  • During work time or study time, allow the students to read to one another.
  • Walk about the room to ensure the students understand the tasks and the directions.
  • For homework, give the students directions (in large and or bold type). This will also help the parent to assist in the learning process.

Contact an Experienced Special Education Lawyer Today

If your child has either an IEP or 504 Plan, many of the above could be inserted as accommodations in any discussions with the Child Study Team. The experienced special education attorneys in Freehold, NJ from Susan Clark Law Group are here to help you. Contact us today for more information.

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