Accommodating students with dyslexia


Because most standardized test questions are designed to determine misinterpretations of word problems such as this, dyslexics may be tripped up by questions if they aren’t given enough time to re-read questions and catch their errors.

Test instructions are also a bane for many dyslexic students.

It is important for teachers, families, and dyslexics to have open communication about what specific accommodations students will need to ensure learning success.

We often hear that giving accommodations for a student with a learning disability is not fair to the other students.

They aren’t sure about what to do, and a lot of times they believe retention is the answer.

How it helps students: Again, even without dyslexia, we are all prone to forgetfulness.

Nonetheless, phonics-based, multi-sensory and evidence-based reading instruction has been shown to improve the language skills of dyslexic children.

Dyslexia symptoms can vary from one student to another and each student may require individualized accommodations.

How it helps students: Even without dyslexia, we are all prone to distractions and forgetfulness.

By only giving one direction at a time, you eliminate the possibility of students forgetting what they need to do, and you won’t have to repeat directions nearly as often.

By only providing one direction at a time, students with dyslexia don’t have to process or prioritize multiple steps at one time—assuring that they do exactly what you need them to do.

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