Classroom assistance for dyslexics

Your child is clearly struggling in school, but you’re at a loss as to what you can do about it.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a list of suggestions as to what might make it easier for your child?  Maybe you could even share these with your child’s teacher who is at as much of a loss as you are.


Well, now you can.  An easy to understand 10 point checklist to ensure your child has the best opportunity in class.


Classroom Assistance for the Dyslexic Child

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1. Make sure the student is at the front of the classroom and can see the board without trouble. Seat the child fairly near the class teacher so that the teacher is available to help if necessary, or he/she can be supported by a well-motivated and sympathetic classmate.



2. It is important to integrate the child into a classroom environment where he/she can feel comfortable and develop confidence and self-esteem.



3. Positive feedback, motivation and self-esteem are a major priority for these children so they need this even for the small achievements. In a positive and encouraging environment, a dyslexic child will experience the feeling of success and self-value.



4. Class teachers may be particularly confused by the student whose consistent underachievement seems due to what may look like carelessness or lack of effort. Teachers need to be aware of the problems in the classroom the dyslexic child can face. With this knowledge a great deal of understanding can be gained as to why the child behaves in certain ways.



5. The dyslexic child usually has poor auditory short term memory and this makes it difficult to remember even a short list of instructions. Lack of concentration or daydreaming is a common symptom. Break tasks down into small easily remembered pieces of information. Ask the child to repeat instructions to check understanding.



6. Outline what is going to be taught in the classroom lesson and end the lesson with a summary of what was learnt. This way information is more likely to go from short term memory to long term memory.


7. When homework is set, it is important to check that the child correctly writes down exactly what is required. Try to ensure that the appropriate worksheets and books are with the child to take home.


8.Encourage good organizational skills by the use of folders and dividers.


9. Perhaps give the child advanced time to read pre-selected reading material, to be practiced at home the day before. This will help ensure that the child is seen to be able to read out loud, along with other children.


10. Remember reading should be fun. Choose books that the child is interested in. Read to them often. It often helps to take turns reading pages so they don't feel so overwhelmed.


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