Tips & Techniques for Tutoring Students with Dyslexia

Date: March 31, 2014 Author: Jill Categories: Dyslexia

What are some good Tips and Techniques for tutoring students with dyslexia?

Dyslexia is an inherited learning disability that makes it difficult to read, write, and spell, and can also impact a person’s focus, memory skill, and organization. According to National Institute of Health (NIH) research, dyslexia impacts 20% of the United States’ population, roughly 1 in 5 people.

While dyslexic students are often mislabeled as lazy or unintelligent, studies have shown that dyslexic individuals tend to be above average to genius level in intelligence. Educators can easily modify their approaches to teaching and tutoring dyslexic students to aid in building comprehension and achievement.

The most success in dyslexia tutoring has been found when using a multi-sensory approach (using touch, sight, movement, and sound in a lesson).

Here are some of The Reading Tutor’s best tips:

  • Repeat yourself often and make sure the student understands before moving on. Asking students to repeat instructions in their own words is also helpful; try asking questions such as “what do you think we are going to do now?” and “can you repeat the directions to me?”
  • Incorporate short breaks since dyslexic students often struggle to sit for long periods of time. You can also move from activity to activity. For example, using a pattern of explanation, game, explanation, and a learning activity.
  • Routine. If you have regular tutoring sessions with a dyslexic student, try to stick to a routine with your sessions. A schedule will help the student know what to expect and what is coming up next.
  • Break projects into sections. Middle and high school students often have longer assignments; help them break these down into manageable segments.  Does the student have to write a paper? Break this down into related tasks: 1) pick a topic, 2) do research, 3) write an introduction, 4) write a first draft.
  • Peer tutoring. If you are working with more than one dyslexic student, pair them up. Students with similar learning disabilities can often help explain concepts to each other in a way that each will understand.
  • Fun learning activities. Games and other creative activities will enable a dyslexic student to be more involved in the learning process, as well as give them a sense of accomplishment upon completion. I personally love to use outdoor learning activities or tutoring sessions. This may be due to the fact I’m located in beautiful Wellington, Florida!

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