8 Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students (That Benefit ALL Students)
Several of you asked that I talk about tips for teachers, and several of you asked to see certain posters again, so I’ll spread this out over a couple of days lest I inundate your inbox today. :-)
Here are some articles I hope you find helpful. :-)
From One (Dyslexic) Teacher to Another: http://dyslexia.yale.edu/1Teacher2Another.html
What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities?: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/39151/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=RRSocialMedia
Teaching Children With Dyslexia: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alex-dyer/teaching-children-with-dyslexia_b_2477883.html
Supporting High School Students with Dyslexia: http://specialed.about.com/od/readingliteracy/a/High-school-students-in-inclusive-settings-strategies.htm
Dyslexia and High School: http://www.ldonline.org/article/25150/
Continuing with your questions and suggestions, today we’ll talk about foreign languages. Is it easier or more difficult for someone with dyslexia to learn a foreign language? Does it depend on the language? Does it depend on the person?
Below are some articles that deal with dyslexia and foreign languages. However, I would prefer to hear about your experiences. Have you learned a foreign language? Which language? Did you find it easier or more difficult?
International Dyslexia Association -http://www.interdys.org/DC_Succeeding%20in%20a%20foreign%20language.htm
British Dyslexia Association -http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/schools-colleges-and-universities/modern-foreign-languages-and-dyslexia.html
Dyslexia Association of Ireland -http://www.dyslexia.ie/information/information-for-students/language-learning/
TEFL - http://www.tefl.net/esl-articles/dyslexia.htm
Continuing with the suggestions you submitted, today we’re going to talk about transitions. Change is difficult, especially for students and their parents who are dealing with changes in personnel and policies at school. It seems that by the time you have developed the right working relationship with the teachers and administration, and the student has grown comfortable with the materials and procedures, it’s time to move to a new school (elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school, high school to college). How do you cope with these changes?
Below are some articles that address this issue, but I’d prefer to hear from you. What strategies have you employed to help your child transition from one level of school to another? How did the policies, procedures and accommodations compare?
Elementary to Middle School:
Middle School to High School:
High School to College:
Week 2 of Dyslexia Awareness Week! This week I will do my best to address the suggestions you’ve sent me. I’ve received the most requests for lists of colleges that are best for students with learning differences, so I’ll begin with that and related topics. I have a lot of resources and links about this, but I’m certain I missed a few.
Scholarships for students with learning differences:http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/teens/scholarships-for-students-with-learning-disabilities
"Colleges with Programs for Learning Disabled Students": http://www.college-scholarships.com/learning_disabilities.htm
A list of colleges that empower the students, stress individualized learning, and provide a broad range of assistance and accommodations for students with learning differences:
"Colleges with Structured Support Programs or Structured Services for Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and/or Other Disabilities":
"Succeed in College as a Learning Disabled Student":
"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 1)":
"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 2)":
"For Students with Learning Disabilities: Getting the Accommodations You Need in College (Part 3)":
Dyslexic Kids made the newspaper! Raising awareness little by little!
Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well. Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths about dyslexia. One myth that my parents had to battle was, “Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until third grade”. Early intervention is so important, yet many schools still believe that nothing can or should be done until third grade. Thankfully, my parents knew better and I received the help I needed. Which myths have you had to battle?
How do you find a professional with the right qualifications to test you or your child?
The International Dyslexia Association has a partial list of providers: http://www.interdys.org/FindAProvider.htm
Your local branch of the IDA should have a more thorough list of providers in your area. You can find your branch here:http://www.interdys.org/searchbystate.aspx
Most states have Dyslexia Centers you can contact. Indiana, for example, has the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, an outstanding resource for information and help.
There are websites that contain lists of providers, like this one (scroll down a page or so): http://www.iser.com/dyslexia.html
Most states have parent support groups on either Facebook or on Yahoo Groups, and the parents are always willing to provide recommendations and honest feedback about testing facilities.
Your pediatrician may be able to make recommendations.
Librarians are usually quite concerned about literacy and often know the doctors and testing facilities in their region who deal with any condition that deals with a child’s ability to read.
If your child displays some of the symptoms of dyslexia, especially if there is a family history, how can you confirm your suspicion that he or she has dyslexia?
Very few schools can or will test for dyslexia. You will most likely need to hire a specially trained professional yourself. Also, most of us are required to take several tests, not just one.
Here is a comprehensive list of the tests most commonly used to diagnose dyslexia: http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/dyslexics/learn-about-dyslexia/dyslexia-testing/tests
It is rare that a child displays all of the common symptoms of dyslexia. Each person is unique and will have their own combination of symptoms and levels of severity.
Common symptoms of dyslexia by age. What additional symptoms would you add?
Pre-K to Grade 2 (I would add difficulty tying shoes):http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-children-pre-k-to-grade-2
Grade 3 - Grade 8 (I would add difficulty telling time using an analog clock): http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-children-in-grades-3-8
Grade 9 - Grade 12: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-warning-signs-in-teens
College Students: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/common-dyslexia-symptoms-and-warning-signs-in-adults
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. At least 10% of students are affected by dyslexia. Please help raise awareness by talking to your friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers and others about dyslexia!
I’ll be addressing different topics each day this month. Many thanks to all of you for your suggestions!
I’ll kick things off by reminding you of the information and free resources available on http://dyslexickids.net/. At DyslexicKids.net, you’ll find a free interactive eBook downloadable through iTunes (click on the “Resources” tab), you can sign up for free tutoring, join a support group for children and teens with dyslexia, and learn more about dyslexia.