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Discover practical strategies and helpful resources for supporting students with Dyslexia in the classroom. Learn about the characteristics of Dyslexia, effective intervention techniques, and supportive accommodations to create an inclusive learning environment that fosters reading success for all students.
Dyslexia affects approximately 20 percent of the United States' population, meaning that one out of every five students in your classroom may have a language-based learning disability. As an educator, understanding Dyslexia and knowing how to support students with this condition is crucial.
However, with appropriate interventions, the majority of students with Dyslexia can become proficient readers. Reading experts estimate that 30 percent of students will learn to read regardless of instruction, while 50 percent will benefit from high-quality Tier One instruction in foundational skills. The remaining 15 percent, including students with Dyslexia, will require additional time and support to reach their reading potential, which necessitates intervention.
Effective interventions for Dyslexic students should be explicit, systematic, and more targeted than general education instruction. They should provide extra time for struggling readers and involve reduced instructional group sizes. Intervention instruction should be comprehensive, individualized based on assessment data, and employ multi-sensory techniques.
While providing direct and systematic intervention instruction, it is essential to simultaneously support Dyslexic students in accessing the Tier One curriculum.
Accommodations play a vital role in removing obstacles that hinder independent access to the curriculum. Audiobooks and recorded materials allow students with Dyslexia to access grade-level reading materials, bridging the gap between their vast vocabulary and decoding challenges. Free resources like local libraries, Bookshare, Storynory, ReadWorks, and NewsELA offer audiobooks and content-based texts for students.
Check out a few of these FREE audiobook resources:
-your local library
-Bookshare is the largest online library of accessible reading materials, created for people with disabilities such as Dyslexia.
-Storynory offers free audiobooks for younger students.
-ReadWorks and NewsELA provides shorter texts and passages that are content-based.
Implementing classroom accommodations can foster a supportive learning environment for students with Dyslexia:
-Extended or Additional Time
-Use Clear Language
-Make Learning Multi-Sensory
-Use Project Based Learning
-Pair Verbals with Visuals
-Allow Extra Time
-Offer Choice Projects
-Provide Direct & Explicit Instruction
-Praise Effort & Encourage
-Provide Assistive Tech (i.e. Audiobooks, Google Read & Write, Speech to Text)
-Implement a Structured Literacy approach to teaching reading
Click HERE to learn more about Structured Literacy Instruction for students with Dyslexia.
By understanding Dyslexia, providing effective intervention, and implementing supportive accommodations, teachers can bridge the gap between students' reading and intellectual abilities. Dyslexia is a lifelong disability, but with the right support, students can improve their reading skills and achieve success in the classroom.
For more in-depth information and resources on addressing Dyslexia in the classroom, visit my blog and empower your students to overcome reading challenges and thrive academically.
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