16 Strategies to Help Learners Who Have Learning Disabilities Learn to Spell

Are you looking for strategies to help students who have learning disabilities to spell? If so, keep reading.

1. Select a peer to take part in daily spelling word drills with the student.

2. Create crossword puzzles that contain only the student’s spelling words and have them finish them.

3. Get the student to indicate when they have learned one of their spelling words. On occasions where the student shows they can spell the word, remove it from their current spelling list.

4. Provide the student fewer words to learn to spell at one time. Spend extra time on each term until the student can spell it correctly.

5. Do not require the student to learn more information than they are capable of learning at any time.

6. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled to finish the task is sufficient.

7. Get the student to highlight or underline spelling words in passages from reading tasks, newspapers, magazines, etc.

8. Give spelling practice using an app or a hand-held educational device that gives the student instant feedback.

9. Get the student to find a list of words (e.g., 5, 10, or 15 words) each week to learn to spell (e.g., if the student is interested in cars, find words from automotive magazines, advertisements, etc.).

10. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the student to hurry and make spelling errors.

11. Get the student to quiz others about spelling words (e.g., teacher, aide, peers, etc.).

12. Compose sentences, passages, paragraphs, etc., for the student to read that repeat the student’s spelling words throughout the written content.

13. Get the student to use current spelling words in sentences written each day.

14. Make sure that the student’s spelling instruction is on a level where success can be met. As the student shows success, slowly increase the level of difficulty.

15. Teach the student why they are learning each spelling word (e.g., give the student a concrete example of how each word can be used in their life).

16. Consider using one of the tools from of spelling apps list.

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