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By Jillian Harker — Teacher and freelance writer

Jillian Harker reveals her top tips on teaching children with dyslexia

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Around one in ten children experience dyslexic difficulties.

Many dyslexic children speak of the difference an understanding attitude can make. The school environment frequently focuses on tasks such children find difficult. Adults can choose to avoid problematic situations; children do not necessarily have such choices. Acknowledgement of the difficulties can be the first step in helping the child to begin managing them.

Make your teaching multi-sensory

Dyslexic children thrive best when teaching is multi-sensory. So ensure that concrete aids are available to scaffold learning. The children need to touch and feel letters, as well as see them and hear their sounds. They need counting aids that they can group and separate. Teaching should also be structured and cumulative, building on what has gone before. So endeavour to make overt links with previous knowledge.

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  1. SmileyPR
    on 29 October 2011

    Discalculia

    Learning problems related to Maths, like time tables, do not fall within dislexia but within discalculia.