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 student 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 student to place a ruler or paper strip under each line as they read it. The student then moves the ruler or paper strip under the next line and so on.
4. Fix the student’s omissions, additions, substitutions, and reversals orally as often as possible so that they correctly read the reading content.
5. Get the student to read aloud to the teacher each day. Give evaluative feedback relative to their omissions, additions, substitutions, and reversals while reading.
6. Give the student 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 student to use an electronic speaking dictionary to find word definitions and pronunciations.
8. Utilize a sight-word vocabulary approach to teach the student keywords (e.g., circle, underline, match, etc.) and phrases when reading directions and instructions.
9. Train the student to ask for clarification if they do not understand written instructions.
10. Teach the student word attack skills using a root word sight vocabulary to which several prefixes and suffixes may be added.
11. Urge the student 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 student for instant correction if appropriate, while continuing with ample praise for hard work and success.
13. Get the student’s vision reviewed if it has not been recently reviewed.
14. Minimize the emphasis on competition. Competitive learning activities may cause the student to omit, add, substitute, or reverse letters, words, or sounds when reading.
15. Do not criticize when correcting the student; be honest yet compassionate. Never cause the student to feel negatively about themselves.
16. Get the student 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 student, etc.) if it is visually distracting for the student.
20. Make sure the student 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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