Dyslexic students can Read Well: Five ways to Increase their Reading Skills.
Unfortunately children with Dyslexia have low self esteem and confidence. They lack proper organizational skills and have trouble focusing on the lesson. Many times the child forgets what was being taught to them, and they have difficulty recognizing word patterns.
Children with Dyslexia can read and gain confidence with proper teaching strategies
1. Visual learning is an important component of learning to read for Dyslexic children. They are visual thinkers so show your student pictures, diagrams, or flow charts of the concept you are teaching them. Visualizations are great teaching strategy because it retains a picture in their mind.
2. When you are teaching make sure the room is free of distractions. Your student will lose focus if there is too much noise.
3. Listen to them and find out what interests they have. Work with the child’s strengths. Is the student creative, does he or she like to build things? Find out what interest them the most and implement it in your lesson plan.
I had a student about five years ago that could not write. He came to me and would not write even one word. I talked with him and told him to let his imagination talk on paper. He told me that in school he had to write about the topic the teacher gave him. He was stumped and was unable to write. It was as if there was a wall in his brain that blocked him from being able to write. Again I gave him several ideas and I asked him to use his imagination: he came up with the story of Planet Pencil. It was a story of a planet in outer space that grew pencils. It was quite an elaborate story. It was really quite remarkable with just some patience what a child can achieve. That student is now a junior at St. Edwards School in Elgin after being able to skip a year at his Junior High.
Teaching Dyslexic children is not an easy task but letting them learn the way that is most comfortable to them makes all the difference in the world.
Many times I ask children to draw what they have read and them to write a short story about their drawing. In that way the child is engaged in the project and forgets about how he or she struggles in school.
4. Make the subject you are teaching fun and exciting. Children learn best when it is fun. Tap into their interests and things that interest them
5. Teach them organizational skills. When I taught the student in this article he had very poor organizational skills. I suggested putting different color sticky notes on each subject he had. So green could be for math blue for reading and so on. I suggested that they place the stickers on the last page he did so, he would go directly to that page. A simple idea was all that was needed .He no longer had to fumble through his notebook and trying to remember where he put his homework.
I have seen great success in teaching children with this disability. I am a strong believer that no matter if you have a disability or not you can and do become a great reader.
It is the program and the way you teach the concepts that matters the most. If after a week or two the program isn’t working vary the program or try something new. For the child with the disability being able to read is the greatest gift of all. Fun with Phonics Tutoring program was created to individualize the classes according to their learning style and having fun while learning. Thousands of children have become great readers through this program. Readers and writers just like the boy in this article are now successful students with confidence they can succeed in school and in life.