16 Strategies to Help Students 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 learner.

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

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

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

5. Do not require the learner 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 learner 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 learner instant feedback.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. Teach the learner why they are learning each spelling word (e.g., give the learner 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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