Teaching Strategies

  • Find something positive
  • Acknowledge something they have done well
  • Know the students strengths
  • Have a print-rich environment

General Recommendations

  1. When other students are independently working on class work, the student should have the option to work with headphones to eliminate distractions.
  2. Allow extra time to complete tests.
  3. Provide a regular study buddy whom the student sits next to in class.
  4. Give “THINK TIME” before answering a question.
  5. Provide opportunities for writing and spelling every day,
  6. Explicitly teach organization and planning skills for completing and tracking homework.
  7. Facilitate phonemic awareness for blending, segmenting, deletion, and discrimination tasks.
  8. Give manipulative's.
  9. Teach math to students with dyslexia-including models of problem solving, verbalization of thought processes, guided practice, and corrective feedback.

Recommendations for Students with Visual Deficits

  1. Encourage students to use a line guide as he/she is reading, to avoid skipping lines.
  2. Use cut-out window for completing math worksheets.
  3. Give visual pictures for commonly reversed or flipped letters: (i.e. “Which way does the “b”/ “d” go in “bed?”).
  4. Utilize a highlighter for key words, concepts, and/or directions when presented with written material.
  5. Give visual images to associate with problematic sounds such as “short a” and “e” (i.e. Does the “e” in “bed” sound like a “short e” in “elephant” or a “long e” in “eagle?" "Does the “a” in “angel” sound like the “short a” in “alligator” or the “long a” in “ape?”).
  6. Encourage students to keep a copy of a “letter shaping card” in his/her school supplies and homework supplies for an easy reference.