How to help students with dyslexia in the classroom
Everyone wants to understand and be understood, but we don't all learn the same way. For students with dyslexia, reading and writing can be challenge. This is why we need to ensure all students have equal opportunities to learn and thrive.
What is dyslexia?
Every student is different. But it’s still important to know what the common signs of dyslexia are.
Dyslexic students can show a reluctance to read aloud, skipping words or lines of text entirely, mixing up letters and words and writing with untidy handwriting.
They may also have problems with their working memory, like a difficulty remembering directions, and storing information. Executive functioning issues are also common, such as being messy, distracted easily, and disorganized.
Introducing Read&Write: our literacy support tool
It's essential to remove barriers and provide the right accommodations so that students with dyslexia can be measured by their ability.
With an easy-to-use toolbar, Read&Write does exactly this for your classroom. It provides support during everyday tasks like reading aloud, learning new words and completing assignments.
Prediction: Provides in context word prediction as the student types. As a result, students can concentrate on the content of their work, rather than spelling and vocabulary issues.
Talk&Type: Lets students record speech and transform what they say into written text. This helps students with dyslexia to be independent and have confidence in their work, whether in school or at home.
Check It: Reviews word for incorrect spelling, grammar and punctuation, along with ‘sound alike’ or phonetic spelling errors.
What benefits can Read&Write bring for students with dyslexia?
Improve student confidence
Providing a literacy toolbar allows students’ strengths to shine. Students with dyslexia are able to unlock their own potential and intelligence. In doing so, students grow in confidence as they see what they can achieve when given the right tools.
Let students learn in ways that work for them
With access to a suite of 20 different reading tools, Read&Write creates independent learners. Instead of seeking out teacher assistance, students can use Read&Write’s easy-to-use toolbar to quickly choose what they need. This lets students figure things out on their own, which helps encourage productive struggle.
Give dyslexic students their time back
As reading instruction gets better, students with dyslexia will be able to become more accurate readers. However, these students may never become rapid readers. As Dr Sally Shaywitz highlights: “Dyslexia robs a person of time; accommodations return it.” Read&Write returns this lost time.
Foster an Inclusive Learning Environment
According to the Dyslexia Bill of Rights, students have a right to receive accommodations that create a dyslexia friendly environment. Read&Write creates this inclusive classroom where dyslexic students are able to thrive and collaborate with the whole classroom, instead of being alienated by their learning needs.
"Read&Write completely changed my mindset. It helped me realize that constantly struggling wasn’t normal. It gave me hope that I [would] make it and be okay. I also really appreciate Read&Write because it is designed for people just like me. I don’t feel like I have to change myself to use this tool. Instead, the tool works naturally with me."
Helps millions of students and adults worldwide to read, write and express themselves independently.
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