Whether you are teaching in a public school, private school, or a homeschool, you have an incredibly important job. Depending on your particular setting, there are probably obstacles you’ve encountered when trying to help struggling students learn. I hope this site helps your job a little easier.
Wonder why your school doesn’t address dyslexia? Click here to read a summary of Special Education laws and how dyslexia can be addressed.
Do you have students who struggle with reading (decoding words), spelling, and writing? Visit my Warning signs page to see if your student fits the dyslexic profile. This will provide examples of typical issues that a dyslexic child faces from birth to graduation.
To find grade specific information, just click on the grade level range that best fits your needs OR go straight to the various skills pages for lots of activities (Phonological Awareness and Cracking the Code- Reading and Spelling).
Breaking it down: What works?
It is important to remember that dyslexia is typically a phonological processing deficit. Some students also struggle with a rapid naming deficit (creates slow processing and word retrieval). New research is finding there are about 25% of dyslexic readers who have good phonological processing skills, but they struggle with the orthographic piece of reading and spelling. Orthography is the conventional spelling system of a language. These students struggle more with turning the code into sound and remembering how a word looks when reading or spelling the word rather than the phonological skills such as blending and segmenting sounds.
Research shows that dyslexic children need EXPLICIT instruction in cracking the code of our English language. The tried-and-true, gold standard methodology of instruction for dyslexic students is the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method. This is an approach, NOT a program, although there are many programs out there that utilize this methodology.
Click on this website to see an EXCELLENT job explaining everything about OG.