Supporting students with dyslexia

Victoria Haughton
27th September 2017
wooden head with jumbled letters coming out of it representing dyslexia

Top tips and lesson resources to help dyslexic pupils flourish in the classroom

Approximately 10% of the world’s population have dyslexia, a common specific learning difficulty that can have a profound impact on learning and literacy skills.

With Dyslexia Awareness Week taking place from 2 – 8 October, there is no better time to familiarise yourself and review your approaches to teaching. In preparation we've hand-picked a selection of videos, tools and information packs to help you understand and support students who are affected by dyslexia.

Tips for teachers

Dyslexia can affect people of all backgrounds and abilities in a number of different ways. Raise awareness of just some of difficulties dyslexic students may face with this visual mind map, before exploring the potential benefits of multisensory teaching with this informational video.

This comprehensive presentation further outlines some of the ways you can make your classroom a more dyslexia-friendly environment. Similarly, these handy marking guidelines  emphasise the importance of positivity when providing pupils with feedback.
 

Dyslexia Difficulties Mind Map

A Mind Map, created in PowerPoint, that works as a poster or as a mini presentation that could be used as part of staff training or to build awareness. This list of difficulties is not exhaustive but is a flavour of some of the issues that can affect students with dyslexia,
By tesSpecialNeeds

Teachers TV: Teaching the Dyslexic Child

This programme reveals how the use of multi-sensory teaching can help dyslexic children become independent learners and boost their self esteem. It is crucial that children with dyslexia are encouraged to believe in themselves and to become independent learners from an early age. Kate Bodle, a specialist in teaching dyslexic children, works at Ewelme Church of England School in Oxfordshire. She uses a multi-sensory approach. Kate explains and demonstrates the approach in this programme. The importance of teaching continuous cursive handwriting and the need to 'overlearn' is also covered.
By Teachers TV

Supporting Dyslexia in the classroom

Video outlining some simple ideas that can be implemented to make your classroom more dyslexia friendly in a way that allows all pupils to flourish.
By bevevans22

Dyslexia-Friendly Marking Guidelines

A relatively short guide on marking the written work of KS3 / KS4 students with 'dyslexic tendencies&' i.e. those who struggle with basic literacy, and are working around English NC Level 2 - 4. The guide is worth sharing beyond the English / literacy area with other subjects, such as RE and History, which also rely on written responses as a way of assessment. --> For more: www.HumansNotRobots.co.uk
By Matt Grant

Assisting pupils

Help learners with directional difficulties when tackling the letters B, D and P with this strategy pack, jam-packed with techniques and tricks for remembering letter formation. Alternatively, students may benefit from the line prompts and reading trackers found in this collection of support tools.

Help students develop their concentration and number recall skills with this selection of activity ideas. Alternatively, ensure older students are comfortable with command words ahead of their exams with the help of this explanatory sheet, full of common phrases found in assessments.
 

Dyslexia letter orientation strategy B, D and P

This activity helps solve directional difficulties when tackling letters B, D and P. It provides techniques, rhymes and 'tricks' for remembering letter formation. Ideal for KS1, KS2 and whole school SEN.
By EBD35

Dyslexia support pack

Includes: finger space with prompts for writing, come back to the line prompt to support children who slope down the page, reading tracker to help children to read specific lines and follow the text, reading support strips to support reading techniques for weaker readers.
And a document with them all on one page (slightly less quality, not sure why)
By zvlovegrove

Key word exam support

A sheet to support those with Dyslexia and others with command words.
By Peter Bedwell

KS1/KS2 Dyslexia support activities 100+

Over a hundred ideas designed to support children who have dyslexia.
The activities are split into KS1 and KS2 and are designed to be undertaken either as part of small group work or one to one.
Each activity uses minimum resources and gives clear instructions on how to carry out and extend the child's ability.
By smithy123

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