The dyslexic child finds it hard to live with being called stupid. He will be disheartened and start being a problem child or withdraw into himself. However with the right kind of one to one tuition he will be able to read and regain his confidence.
A dyslexic child will become discouraged if the story he is being asked to read is way beyond him. So choosing the appropriate material is paramount. The tutor should read the story aloud first. This way the child will be able to comprehend the story. If the child reads without the tutor reading the story the child will not be able to comprehend what he reads because of his constant hesitation of recalling words. As an example let us take the following sentence the child reads. He may read it something like this : “All the (pause to recall the word) monkeys are very (pause to recall the word) worried. After a(pause)while, the old (pause) monkey says…..”. If a child reads this way, of course he will not be able to comprehend the meaning of the sentence.When I read out the story to him just once, he was able to comprehend better than when he read only by himself even two or three times. This is simply because of his hesitation on recalling words not familiar to him as in the example above. A sentence,when broken up the way it is above, makes it difficult to comprehend. As such the parent or tutor must read the story at least once and preferably with expression. I read the story the first time and let my students read once, sentence by sentence, after me and then the whole story by themselves.
A dyslexic child can learn whole words by sight but his recall will be difficult. Often he will substitute a synonym for a word he is trying to recall; mouse for rat, home for house and end for finish.
As such it is best to teach phonic at the same time as teaching him sight words. Phonics will aid the dyslexic child to not only recall words but to make out or figure out new words as well. Of course there are many sight words that cannot be sounded and therefore have to be just learned as sight words- here, with, know and many other words.
Once he can read fluently he will want to read for pleasure. Once this happens then it will be difficult to differentiate a dyslexic child from a non dyslexic child- at least not from the stand point of reading. However, a dyslexic child should be encouraged to continue reading everyday or he may slip down in his standard.
The pace at which these dyslexic children improve their reading is simply amazing.
Lessons for dyslexic should be planned properly. Seeing a lack of suitable books for dyslexic children, I started writing my own notes. I introduce sight words from the 220 common sight words first introduced by Edward Dolch. These words are introduced as sight words as recommended by Edward Dolch even though about half of these words can be sounded out phonetically.
For those of you who are new to this site, please go to my blog dated 4.3.2010 and start from there. Many of the important points on teaching dyslexic children are explained there.
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