Improving Spelling for Students with Dyslexia
Posted by Erica Warren on
Not all students require the same remedial process even though they struggle with the same academic difficulties. Diverse combinations of cognitive processing weaknesses and deficits can unite to create the "perfect storm" that can cause challenges with reading, math, writing, spelling and more.
Creating an Individualized Approach
In fact, no two students have the same cognitive profile, so to provide the optimal solution, one needs to consider both a student's strengths and weaknesses when designing a remedial approach.
Spelling Recommendations for A Struggling Speller
Occasionally, I like to present the questions emailed to me from parents and teachers. This week, I will share an email that I received from a parent in England as well as my response.
Love the website!
Our son (age 8) is dyslexic and we have been told that he has a good visual memory (so he can easily spot a correctly spelled word and can even easily distinguish the correct meanings of similar sounding words e.g. sea and see). However, he has poor memory retrieval - so he has massive difficulties finding the correct spelling of a word. We have found that if he really concentrates and can think of a place where he has seen that word written previously, then he can eventually extract the word - but it takes time and is not a practical way of remembering spellings in a busy classroom. I wondered, which of your resources would be good to try to help him to build on the skill of word retrieval?
Here was my response:
Thanks so much for your email. That is terrific that your son has a great visual memory, and it will come in handy. I have a few suggestions:
1) Develop his visualization capacity.
2) If you want to develop an individualized approach, you can use my publication or course:
3) Exercise his word finding abilities by playing the game Spot it.
4) Keep track of the words that your son finds tricky or difficult to recall.
5) Encourage him to develop his keyboarding skills and use a computer for his written work.
Yours sincerely, Erica
When considering the best remedial approach, investigate each student's strengths as well as any reported difficulties so that a plan can be tailored to accommodate individual needs and achieve quick results. Ideally, it is best to meet with families as well as review prior testing, teacher comments, and other pertinent materials.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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