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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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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:

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. 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. 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?

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: 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.

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.”

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. 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.

20 Things Only Parents Of Children With Dyslexia Would Understand Dyslexia. It’s a word many parents dread when they hear it in reference to their own children. What their “lay” minds take in is that they have a child who will face struggles throughout his/her schooling and in life. Dyslexia never goes away. There is no medication to mitigate the symptoms; worse, it is an invisible disability which (if undiagnosed) subjects the sufferer to lots of misunderstanding and criticism for things over which s/he has not control. Teach the Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers By: Elaine K. McEwan To improve students' reading comprehension, teachers should introduce the seven cognitive strategies of effective readers: activating, inferring, monitoring-clarifying, questioning, searching-selecting, summarizing, and visualizing-organizing. This article includes definitions of the seven strategies and a lesson-plan template for teaching each one.

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.

Dyslexia risk is evident on brain scans even in infancy Some 5 to 17 percent of all children have developmental dyslexia, or unexplained reading difficulty. When a parent has dyslexia, the odds jump to 50 percent. Typically, though, dyslexia isn’t diagnosed until the end of second grade or as late as third grade — when interventions are less effective and self-esteem has already suffered. “It’s a diagnosis that requires failure,” says Nadine Gaab, PhD, an investigator in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience. But a new study led by Gaab and lab members Nicolas Langer, PhD, and Barbara Peysakhovich finds that the writing is on the wall as early as infancy — if only there were a way to read it and intervene before the academic, social and emotional damage is done. In 2012, the Gaab Lab showed that pre-readers with a family history of dyslexia (average age, 5½) have differences in the left hemisphere of their brains on magnetic resonance image (MRI).

Teaching Strategies for Reading: Professional Development Resource Highlights SummerSummer is here! While most of your students will be on break from school for a few months, you can still engage their minds this summer.

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