Outside the Square – Dyslexia Education and Advocacy Films
UNDERSTANDING AND IDENTIFYING DYSLEXIA
Dyslexia is a learning difference that affects a child’s ability to develop a strong understanding of written language. Children may have difficulty with hearing the sounds in words, associating the sound to its corresponding letter and with automatic word recognition. This is the child that seems bright and capable but struggles with reading, writing and spelling.
Early identification is important as time is precious!
TARGETED TEACHING FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA
Effective practices provide students with the opportunity to learn and succeed.
- Appropriate teaching strategies including multisensory techniques
- Classroom accommodations
- Adjustments for exams and assessments
- Assistive technology
- Building self-esteem and developing resilience
In 2010, the National Dyslexia Working Party produced a list of recommendations for a national agenda.
THE EXPLICIT TEACHING OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Evidence based reading instruction is supported by scientific research.
Important components include:
- Oral language
- Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
In 2005, the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy recommended ‘….that teachers provide systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction so that children master the essential alphabetic code breaking skills required for foundational reading proficiency….’