Dyslexia – Miscellaneous notes

Avoid this reading strategy!

Reading aloud, as a reading strategy, (after my recent research) should be avoided. It is something that brings ‘absolute terror’ to people with dyslexia. Embarrassment is more acute when the child is young. (One student endured taunting partly due to his poor verbalised reading…)

Letters or words can veer off. For instance, ‘saw’ becomes ‘was’.

‘a b’ can seen as ‘a d’.

But Mrs Okey (a teacher of dyslexia and ADD sufferer Molly Sumner) asked her students to read only the dialogues of books while she read the non-dialogue segments and this worked very well. It was learning by experiencing the story I would say.

Spelling challenges (and related items)

Consider educating child/student in prefix/suffix; word roots/ root words.

Aim to restrict new words for learning per lesson/unit of learning. Another site stated ‘Limit the introduction of new information to reduce confusion.’ And extra time helps! (Anecdotal evidence from the Singapore education system, students with dyslexia are given 15 to 30 minutes additional time for their examination papers).

Similarly, Sumner was aided by instructors who highlighted the most critical parts of the texts to be read during her college/university years. Reduced class sizes likewise seemed to make learning enjoyable for her. (This worked for Dale S. Brown too).

Break down words into syllables.

Exposure to spelling exceptions may well be the better way to help dyslexics learn.


[Side note: Love is most important teaching technique. p.68] Ed. Sharon Gunton. (2008). Learning Disabilities. Farmington Hills. Greenhaven Press.

Elaine K. McEwan. (2008). Root Words, Roots and Affixes. http://www.readingrockets.org/article/root-words-roots-and-affixes. Reading Rockets.

International Dyslexia Association. (2008). Spelling and Dyslexia. http://www.readingrockets.org/article/spelling-and-dyslexia. Reading Rockets.

The Regents of the University of Michigan. (2016). How should spelling be taught? http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/professionals/dyslexia-school/spelling/how-should-spelling-be-taught. Dyslexia Help.

Ed. Sandra Hargreaves. (2013). Second Edition. Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia. Singapore. SAGE Publications Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd.

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