Why is it Important to Understand the Cognitive Based Causes of Dyslexia?
For those with dyslexia, a cookie cutter approach often does not work. Instead, understanding the core culprit behind a student's academic challenges can help define a tailored, remedial approach that addresses the specific cause.
What Can I Do to Help Students with Dyslexia?
Strategies for Success
|Assess the specific auditory processing difficulties and then use an Orton-Gillingham or Phonics based instructional approach||Help students learn memory strategies so they can remember sight words.|
|Exercise the core cognitive based deficits.||Do visual processing exercises and strengthen other the core cognitive based deficits.|
|Pursue formal testing by the local school or a professional in your community so that reasonable, academic accommodations can be provided.||Pursue formal testing by the local school or a professional in your community so that reasonable, academic accommodations can be provided.|
|Use audiobooks while reading along to improve sound-symbol association and whole word recognition.||Use audiobooks while reading along to improve visual tracking, visual attention and improve whole word recognition.|
|Use voice to text technology so that spelling doesn’t hinder or slow down the thought process.||Use voice to text technology so that spelling doesn’t hinder or slow down the thought process.|
|Address any other difficulties such as problems with working memory, executive functioning, rapid automatic naming (RAN), recalling names, language processing notetaking. Furthermore, be sure to address any emotional and physical symptoms and to build their resilience.|
How Can the Core Cognitive Processing Areas Be Strengthened?
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