School can be tough for children with learning disabilities. Those who suffer from dyslexia often feel like they’re falling behind from a young age, and without the right support many never recover.
As a society we’re developing our understanding of this condition all the time. It’s particularly important that primary and secondary school teachers are able to support dyslexic students.
To mark Dyslexia Awareness Week 2013, here are a few tips on teaching your class about the condition and inspiring dyslexic students to succeed.
Teaching about Dyslexia
A vital part of overcoming any learning difficulty is understanding it. This doesn’t just apply to those who suffer from the condition.
Sometimes the term dyslexia is seen in a negative light, especially in the minds of primary school children. This adds to the self-confidence issues that are associated with the condition. One solution to this is to educate your class on the topic.
The main message to get across is that dyslexia does not mean lower intelligence, but just difficulties in certain areas like reading and comprehension.
Try to convey a sense of what being dyslexic is like with games and activities. Remember, sensitivity is really important here, especially if any of your students are dyslexic.