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Helping dyslexic children within the classroom.

Helping dyslexic children within the classroom.
© 2000, Patricia Hodge Dip.spld(dyslexia) Proficient reading is an essential tool for learning a large part of the subject matter taught at school. With an ever increasing emphasis on education and literacy, more and more children and adults are needing help in learning to read, spell, express their thoughts on paper and acquire adequate use of grammar. A dyslexic child who finds the acquisition of these literacy skills difficult can also suffer a lot of anguish and trauma when they may feel mentally abused by their peers within the school environment, because they have a learning difficulty. Much can be done to alleviate this by integrating the child into the class environment (which is predominantly a learning environment) where he/she can feel comfortable and develop confidence and self esteem. Class teachers may be particularly confused by the student whose consistent underachievement seems due to what may look like carelessness or lack of effort. In the class: Reading: Spelling: Maths:

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HOW TEACHERS CAN ACCOMMODATE THE DYSLEXIC STUDENT *Do not give them open-ended questions that involve abstract or incomplete instructions. *Do not base the student's marks on spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Errors in assignments should be corrected for them. Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension Comprehension of Fiction video by The Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic at Northern Illinois University Upon completion of this section, you will:

Common Classroom Accommodations and Modifications There are many ways teachers can help children with learning and attention issues succeed in school. Here are some common accommodations and modifications to discuss with the school as possible options for your child. Listen to audio recordings instead of reading text Learn content from audiobooks, movies, videos and digital media instead of reading print versions Work with fewer items per page or line and/or materials in a larger print size Have a designated reader Hear instructions orally Record a lesson, instead of taking notes Have another student share class notes with him Be given an outline of a lesson Use visual presentations of verbal material, such as word webs and visual organizers Be given a written list of instructions Response accommodations allow a student to:

What Is Dyslexia? As with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge that people are born with. This language processing disorder can hinder reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. Four Things All Educators Should Understand About the Dyslexic Brain What do you think of when you hear the word dyslexic? All too often the reflex reaction is a stream of negative associations -- "slow reader," "under performance," "extra time on exams," "difficulty spelling." While it is true that these are common symptoms in students with dyslexia, they are surmountable problems. For any educator, the key to unleashing academic success in dyslexic students lies in understanding how their brains work. A recent Edutopia blog post by Judy Willis made the case for adding neuroscience to the curriculum for student teachers. When it comes to tackling dyslexia in the classroom, this understanding would be hugely beneficial, as it would help teachers explain to students exactly why they are having problems and what they can do to overcome them.

Students struggling with math may have a neurocognitive disorder called dyscalculia: Disorder affects roughly as many people as dyslexia Students who struggle to learn mathematics may have a neurocognitive disorder that inhibits the acquisition of basic numerical and arithmetic concepts, according to a new paper. Specialised teaching for individuals with dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia, should be made widely available in mainstream education, according to a review of current research published in the journal Science. Although just as common as dyslexia, with an estimated prevalence of up to 7% of the population, dyscalculia has been neglected as a disorder of cognitive development. However, a world-wide effort by scientists and educators has established the essential neural network that supports arithmetic, and revealed abnormalities in this network in the brains of dyscalulic learners. Neuroscience research shows what kind of help is most needed -- strengthening simple number concepts. Like dyslexia, dyscalculia is a condition we are born with, and may be heritable in many or most cases.

Videos Q: Was that an entire lesson? A: No. It was a small portion of six different lessons. You saw how we explain syllable types, and how we use them to explain the sound of the vowel, and how they help make spelling seem simple and logical. Q: Is the entire lesson in color? Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: Lessons from Teaching and Science Authors Virginia Berninger Ph.D., Beverly Wolf M.Ed. Availablity Usually ships in 24 hours Publisher : Brookes Publishing How can teachers provide effective literacy instruction for students with learning differences—while meeting the needs of all students in the class? Finally, a single accessible textbook answers that question for every KGÇô12 educator.

10 Resources to Better Understand Dyslexia Imagine trying to read a sentence when every other word looks like made-up gibberish. It’s exhausting to read the sentence over and over again, trying to put together the meaning. That one troublesome sentence is followed by another… and another… and another… Brain Scans Show Dyslexics Read Better with Alternative Strategies By Abigail Marshall; © 2003 DDAI. Scientists studying the brain have found that dyslexic adults who become capable readers use different neural pathways than nondyslexics. This research shows that there are two independent systems for reading: one that is typical for the majority of readers, and another that is more effective for the dyslexic thinker. NIMH Study of Dyslexic Adults Researchers Judith Rumsey and Barry Horwitz at the National Institute of Mental Health used positron emission tomography (PET) to compare regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) among dyslexic and nondyslexic men.

Classroom Strategies: Creating a Reading Culture for Struggling Readers Then I stumbled upon a simple observation that gave me an idea—and lots of hope. It all started when I hired a colleague of mine, Meg, to work with my dyslexic son on his writing the summer before he entered high school. Like any good writing teacher, his summer tutor understood the intimate connection between reading and writing. Meg arrived at our home loaded down by bags of books and full of lots of questions. She immediately launched into a detailed interview of my son to determine what kinds of things he liked to read. “I thought we were going to work on my writing?”

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids At a recent talk for special education teachers at the Los Angeles Unified School District, child development professor Maryanne Wolf urged educators to say the word dyslexia out loud. “Don’t ever succumb to the idea that it’s going to develop out of something, or that it’s a disease,” she recalled telling teachers. “Dyslexia is a different brain organization that needs different teaching methods. It is never the fault of the child, but rather the responsibility of us who teach to find methods that work for that child.”

This Man Invented a Font to Help People With Dyslexia Read A new typeface is making life easier for people everywhere who live with dyslexia. Christian Boer, 33, is a Dutch graphic designer who created the font that makes reading easier for people, like himself, who have dyslexia, according to his website. Now, he’s offering it to people for free. A Classroom Reading List Reading List for Creating a Classroom Reading Culture These are titles that hooked all my students, regardless of ability. I consider these books central in launching an egalitarian reading culture. Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman Written for grades 3-7. Neil Gaiman writes an imaginative and humorous story about what happens when mom goes out of town and dad steps out to pick up some milk for the cereal and tea. Add in some dinosaurs, pirates, aliens, wumpires and you've got yourself a very compelling and engaging story.

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