10 ways to support learners with dyslexia: for Pre A1 Starters to B2 First for Schools

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects the ability to read, write, and spell. It is a common condition that affects around 10% of the population. Children with dyslexia may struggle with reading, spelling, and writing, but they are just as intelligent as their peers. With the right support, children with dyslexia can excel in school and beyond. Here are ten ways to support learners with dyslexia in the classroom:

  1. Use multisensory teaching techniques: Children with dyslexia may benefit from using multiple senses to learn, such as seeing, hearing, and touching. Using techniques such as demonstrating a concept while saying it aloud, or using hands-on materials, can help learners with dyslexia better understand new concepts.
  2. Provide extra time: Children with dyslexia may need more time to complete tasks or tests. Allowing extra time can help reduce stress and improve performance.
  3. Use assistive technology: There are many tools and software programs available that can help children with dyslexia with reading and writing. Examples include text-to-speech software, spell checkers, and voice recognition software.
  4. Use visual aids: Visual aids, such as pictures, diagrams, and charts, can help children with dyslexia better understand new concepts.
  5. Provide frequent breaks: Children with dyslexia may become easily overwhelmed, so it is important to give them frequent breaks to rest and recharge.
  6. Use visual organizers: Visual organizers, such as mind maps and graphic organizers, can help children with dyslexia better organize and process new information.
  7. Use hands-on activities: Hands-on activities, such as experiments and projects, can help children with dyslexia better understand and retain new information.
  8. Use alternative assessments: Instead of traditional written exams, consider using alternative assessments, such as oral presentations or projects, to assess learning.
  9. Provide accommodations: It is important to provide accommodations in the classroom to help children with dyslexia succeed. This may include things like extra time on tests, the use of assistive technology, and the use of visual aids.
  10. Encourage self-advocacy: Encourage children with dyslexia to be their own advocates and to speak up about their needs. Encourage them to ask for help when needed and to take advantage of available resources.

By following these tips, educators can create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for children with dyslexia. With the right support, children with dyslexia can thrive in school and beyond.