TEACHING STRATEGIES TO HELP WITH
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS -
TEACHING PUPILS WITH SLD (Dyslexia)
on what is done well and give praise and encouragement. Be wary of
asking pupils to read aloud in a large class. If necessary for oral
assessment etc. give them cue cards with small amounts of text rather
than one long block of text.
marking tick the correct work - don't highlight all the mistakes.
With older children a dot in the margin is a good way to indicate
mistakes rather than using lots of red pen.
written instructions for homework and in class, try to write instructions
give out too much work at one time.
possible, consider other ways of recording work, e.g. tape recorders,
diagrams, computer etc.
the child to think what he/she has to do before starting and perhaps
verbalise it to you.
key words/subject vocabulary on walls; provide word banks.
task set as a homework for a class of children by a supply teacher
consisted of a worksheet with a word search, 6 jumbled sentences
and some mis-spelt words needing corrected.
this likely to be unsuitable for a child with dyslexia?
photocopied notes; highlight or underline key phrases etc. Increasing
the line spacing between rows of word may help. Try different fonts
in word processed work, e.g. Comic Sans size 14/16 is reported to
be quite successful with those who have SpLD. Even in 6th form where
pupils are considered to be capable and relatively independent it
is important to give them full sets of notes as they are not likely
to be able to take notes and achieve full understanding at the same
time. If possible provide the notes a day or so before the lesson
so that the pupils can read them and be ready with questions; this
can help where delayed processing is an issue.
support in form of frameworks for writing. The pupils may lack organisational
skills. Mind maps and diagrams can be very helpful. These pupils may
need longer than others to produce written work.
- Sometimes pupils with dyslexia
find it hard to concentrate. Using a visual timetable/list of things
which have to be done may help, e.g. date, title etc. when
completing a piece of writing.
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