Since we will be hosting a workshop on working with dyslexic students in February, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the warning signs of dyslexia. If a student has three or more of the following warning signs, you should probably start learning more about dyslexia:
• slow reader
• may have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
• terrible speller
• difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
• dreads writing memos or letters
• still has difficulty with right versus left
• often gets lost, even in a familiar city
• sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick
The outstanding teachers of dyslexic students have something in common: they see themselves and all the students as interesting, worthwhile, capable, trustworthy people who are eager to learn.
Each one of them sees each student in a positive way.
For these students, the brain is not neatly divided into two areas, which can separate and deal with stimuli. Mixed dominance is characteristic of dyslexia. For a person with mixed dominance, merely listening, reading and writing do not accomplish learning effectively.
There is a greater need to bring another skills with activities involving body movement, touch, taste, smell, color, patterns and self-expression.
Learning is not talking and listening, it is doing! Unless these students are involved with all their senses they are apt to lose interest.
Please come our dyslexia workshop next month for more specific tips on working with students with dyslexia
(Adapted from http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/services/SecondStart/tutortips/dyslexia.html)