How Teachers Teach Dyslexics to Read if a Reading Disorder is Identified
When a child is learning to read, or if they are developing a reading disorder, the teacher will try to help. They will encourage the child and suggest lots of strategies to make out the words.
Firstly, they have the child look at all the pictures in the book and they might ask them some questions about what the child thinks is happening. Then the child goes back to the start of the book to start reading. They use the sounds of the letters and if they don’t know the word, the teacher suggests they look at the picture.
If they still don’t know the word, the teacher might ask, “What’s the starting sound?”
If the child still doesn’t know the word, the teacher might ask, “What’s the ending sound?”
If the child still doesn’t know, the teacher might suggest ‘chunking’ parts of the word.
If the child still doesn’t know the word, the teacher will suggest they read to the end of the sentence, and then ask, “Does it make sense?”
Finally, the teacher will ask the child to look at the picture and have a guess at what the word might be!
This might work for words that have a visual picture, like horse or gate, but it doesn’t work for the sight words. This method of teaching reading for a child who is a visual thinker sets up poor tracking habits and creates lots of uncertainty, which starts impacting on a child’s confidence.
There needs to be a change here so that we teach dyslexics in a way that suits and complements their learning style. If your child has had special education at school or had a remedial tutor and continues to struggle, there is help and hope. Don’t wait for your child to struggle for another year.