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Strategies for Helping Dyslexia

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Although Dyslexia is a lifelong condition there are many ways to improve the problems that you may encounter.

On this page
 
Memory
 
Spelling
 

Mental Arithmetic

 

Self Confidence

When a diagnosis is made at school there are methods for learning which are employed in the classroom, however as an Adult Dyslexic you are unlikely to have a private tutor to help you or the time to be able to “study” as a child can.

 

Here are a few ways that you can improve your problems:

 

Memory:

 

There are many methods that people use to help memory problems – these include memory enhancing drinks, tablets or diets; however there are also more practical ways to improve your memory during the day.

 

1.       “To Do” lists: Make lists and put them in prominent places at home or School.

 

2.       Diary: Keep an up to date diary, or use an electronic diary.

 

3.       Alarms: Set alarms for when important things will be

          happening.

 

4.       Mnemonics: Using rhymes or acronyms to remember things  

          can take time and imagination, but it does help.

 

5.       Word association: try to remember things by associating them with pictures or stories. Again this takes imagination and time.

 

6.       Games: Crosswords, memory games and other “brain stimulating” games also help to improve your memory. Try doing one thing a day which stimulates your mind, but that you enjoy. (see also Spelling).

 

 

Spelling:

 

1.       Mnemonics: Use your memory tactics to help you remember words that you often spell wrongly. Use “Big Elephants Can’t Always Understand Small Elephants” to remember how to spell because.

 

2.       Lists: Write out word lists of words that you often use incorrectly.

 

3.       TRY to read: There are some fantastic writers that have sub-consciously written with the Dyslexic in mind. Try Terry Pratchett or Ben Elton. These books are easily readable as they are very visual and use short sections rather than long chapters.

 

4.       Word games: Practicing spelling is boring and by the time you are a professional adult you don’t really want to be copying out, covering and remembering word lists.

          Games like Scrabble, Crosswords and other word games help to improve your spelling as you are using words that you might not usually use.

 

5.     Try to use all of your senses when learning how to spell a word.

         Listen to it, visualize it, feel it, say it.

 

Mental Arithmetic:

 

1.       Games: Again, using your brain will help to develop it. There are many mathematical games that are available in quiz books or on the net which can be quite fun to do.

 

Confidence:

 

1.       Remember that you are not alone. This website is a good way of starting to get in contact with other Dyslexic Teachers who will share common problems with you. Talk to them.

 

2.       Back to the games again! Completing or winning a game will give you an immense confidence boost.

 

3.       Reward yourself. If you feel that you have made progress, just as we reward pupils, it is important that we reward ourselves. Chocolate cake, new clothes or a DVD might be appropriate!

 

 

Some useful games mentioned are listed on the links page of this website.