What we can do for our students with dyslexia
Look for strengths!
Recognize student skill and talent: "You are a hard worker!" "I wish I could draw like that!"
Provide class notes
Students often say, "I can write or I can listen, but I can't do both." Let them listen and give them notes.
Don't expect students to copy from a board or book. Let them snap a photo or provide a handout.
NEVER require reading aloud, it is the most humiliating school experience. Unless the student volunteers, leave them alone in oral reading.
Don't penalize misspellings. Provide a scribe.
Use speech to text.
Accept oral answers.
Allow more time when:
Following directions, taking a test, completing assignments.
Accept audiobooks for required reading (novels, texts). Research shows listening improves reading skills.
Set a time limit for homework without a penalty for unfinished work.
Don't ever say lazy.
Students with dyslexia are brave, working very hard for limited results. Don't label them lazy; they aren't.