An important skill to develop before writing is learning to
express ideas clearly and in a simple way. Read a small bit then ask the child
to tell you about it in his/her own words. Someone with dyslexia needs much
more time to complete writing tasks.
1. Plan using key words People with dyslexia need a visual plan to help structure their
ideas. Before starting a writing task, make a list of ideas using only one or
two words for each bullet point. When writing, each point can be expanded into
a sentence. Cross it off the list as it is written.
2. Use a computer rather than
writing with a pen
Request that the school accept written work produced on word
processing program. This will help with speed, spelling and legibility.
1. As you read, create simple thumbnail drawings in the margin
beside each point.
people with dyslexia focus so much effort upon the mechanics of reading that
they cannot remember what they have read. When you look back, the pictures will
help remind you of what you have read.
2. Build up words by uncovering part at a time.
your child to use their finger or a small card to reveal a word in chunks.
Build up the word by syllable and learn to recognize prefixes and suffixes.
3. Use a coloured background.
Some people with dyslexia may experience a ‘glare’ when reading
black text on a white background. This can make it difficult to focus and
tiring to read. Try laying a sheet of coloured acetate over the page to see if
4. After a short burst, take over the reading to provide a rest
what you have read to make sure it is understood.
1. Picture thinking.
with dyslexia usually think in pictures. Use this strength by visualizing the
thing you want to remember. When revising a topic make a page of drawings to
represent the main points.
2. Give no more than two instructions at a time.
Put your bowl in the dishwasher then brush your teeth. To make it more
memorable, the dyslexic child should repeat it back or visualize doing the
3. Reinforce learning with actions and multisensory
it. Hear it. Say it. Do it.
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