This is an introduction of my article on “How I teach my dyslexic students”.
Many children find learning to read in English easy but not so a dyslexic. Dyslexia is a learning style with strengths and weaknesses. With timely intervention and effective instruction dyslexics can learn at a rapid rate and can even do exceptionally well in school.
Some of the characteristics of dyslexic children are:
• Dyslexic children have average or above average intelligence.
• Dyslexics do not grow out of dyslexia but with early intervention and appropriate instruction they can learn to read and write and be good at other academic subjects.
• Dyslexics have a problem decoding only in languages that are orthographically inconsistent and even this weakness can be remedied with proper instruction.
• As I have mentioned many times in my articles dyslexic children are not stupid. Their failure is directly related to inappropriate teaching instruction.
Within six months of primary one, a parent would know that his child is performing below grade level and should immediately give the child one to one tuition. A one to one tuition may save the child from acquiring a reading disability. Do not listen to advice such as, “Do not worry, he will catch on.” Instead ask yourself as to why he is not performing at grade level.
I am not a trained teacher and I have successfully taught many dyslexic students. So, do not worry about those people who say you need a trained teacher to teach a dyslexic child. Many of these so called ‘experts’, with a string of degrees, have probably not taught a single soul. Their advice is solely based on theory.
The most important thing you can do is to build up the damaged confidence and self-esteem of your child. Make sure he knows he is loved for himself, and that this love is not dependent on how well he does at school.
Be very encouraging and find things he is good at. Praise him for effort – remember how hard he has to try to achieve success in reading, writing and mathematics.
Encourage areas in which he can experience success, such as creative areas and activities such as sports, which involve physical co-ordination. Encourage hobbies, interests and out of school activities.
As a parent or teacher you will be surprised at how quickly the child will advance given encouragement and proper instruction.
The lessons in my blog can help parents teach their dyslexic child effectively. I have incorporated phonics and sight words whereby any child will be able to read simple lessons commencing from my second lesson. The lessons can be found from my March articles. However, it is best to read from my first article onwards as I have many notes prior to my lessons which explain how and why I teach my students the way I do. The notes are an integral part of the lessons.
There are many methods out there to teach a child to read and by no means is my method the only way or the best way. However, many of the material available are not cheap whilst mine is free of charge.
For notes on lessons click here: