23 Strategies to Support Kids With Dyslexia

Are you looking for strategies to support kids with dyslexia? If so, keep reading.

1. Require all students in a small group to point, look, and listen when other group members read orally.

2. Get the learner to create a sight vocabulary of root words to be able to decode words with prefixes and suffixes and increase their word attack skills.

3. Get the learner to place a ruler or paper strip under each line as they read it. The learner then moves the ruler or paper strip under the next line and so on.

4. Fix the learner’s omissions, additions, substitutions, and reversals orally as often as possible so that they correctly read the reading content.

5. Get the learner to read aloud to the teacher each day. Give evaluative feedback relative to their omissions, additions, substitutions, and reversals while reading.

6. Give the learner an alphabet strip on their desk to use as a reference for connecting letter formation to lessen reversal-related errors when reading.

7. Get the learner to use an electronic speaking dictionary to find word definitions and pronunciations.

8. Utilize a sight-word vocabulary approach to teach the learner keywords (e.g., circle, underline, match, etc.) and phrases when reading directions and instructions.

9. Train the learner to ask for clarification if they do not understand written instructions.

10. Teach the learner word attack skills using a root word sight vocabulary to which several prefixes and suffixes may be added.

11. Urge the learner to avoid ingesting any substance (e.g., drugs, alcohol, cold remedies, etc.) that might further alter their capacity and ability to read content accurately.

12. Utilize a kinesthetic approach by having the child point to every word as they read orally. Separate the learner for instant correction if appropriate, while continuing with ample praise for hard work and success.

13. Get the learner’s vision reviewed if it has not been recently reviewed.

14. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the learner to omit, add, substitute, or reverse letters, words, or sounds when reading.

15. Do not criticize when correcting the learner; be honest yet compassionate. Never cause the learner to feel negatively about themselves.

16. Get the learner to ask for help when they need it.

17. Create an environmental setting for the classroom that promotes ideal individual performance (e.g., quiet room, background music, fresh air, etc.).

18. Teach reading, spelling, and handwriting concurrently.

19. Minimize the amount of information on a page (e.g., less print to read, fewer problems, isolate information that is presented to the learner, etc.) if it is visually distracting for the learner.

20. Make sure the learner is learning essential word lists to assist in reading.

21. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.

22. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.

23. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues:

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