Start with the Child
Dyslexic children often ‘fail’ in their studies and this can affect their motivation to learn. To get them back to learning, it is very important to first build rapport with them. This can be done by talking to and listening to them. The communication will help
How can dyslexic children learn better?
There are numerous programs, teaching aids and software packages that you can use with students. Tuition or remedial sessions should be multi-sensory with many variations involving looking, listening, speaking and touching. Every child is unique and it is good to observe which kind of learner type each child belongs to.
Visual Learner (Learning through seeing)
Auditory Learner (Learning through listening)
Kinesthetic Learner (Learning through action and touch)
What are some teaching techniques for each learner type?
The following teaching techniques can be useful for different learner types. The more you know about the children in your class, the more you will be able to discover which technique works best for each child.
Tips for Numbers Work
Tips for Written Work
Tips for Reading
The above techniques are not exhaustive. If one technique does not work, try another technique. It is only through trial and error that you will find the best technique suited for every dyslexic child in your class to learn and eventually, help them to succeed in their learning and studies.
How can Classroom Assistants help?
Classroom assistants are very important to the class teachers. They have a strong rapport with every pupil in the class due to their daily contacts with them. Below are some tips that classroom assistants can use to help them to motivate and encourage the pupils to learn better and perform well in their studies.
Additionally, classroom assistants may let the class teacher know if they come across any of the following.
Difficulties with processing information mean that lack of time is often a problem for a dyslexic child. He/she will feel a failure if work is consistently left incomplete. The individual support of a classroom assistant can allow a pupil to finish a task before moving on.
Alamelu Harish is a special educator, Ambassador for Eblity, Braingym Instructor, consultant, and Career Counsellor. She has worked as a special educator with Bethany High, Sarjapur, Bangalore for four years. Presently, she is taking online sessions for learning difficulty children and also trains and prepares students for NIOS. She was a facilitator for a short term course on Learning Disabilities conducted by Jyothi Nivas College, Bangalore. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
*The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Eblity or its team members.