Learning with dyslexia: Children’s learning styles
September 21, 2021
Understanding more about dyslexia can help parents and educators support children to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Did you know that today it’s estimated that up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia*? The likelihood is that you’ll know someone very well who has it – a child or family member, close friend, colleague, maybe yourself. The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown but it’s very important to note that dyslexia is not related to a person’s general level of intelligence.
If we all know a little more about dyslexia it can help to shape the world of today into a more accommodating place for everyone.
10 things to know about dyslexia
Keen to understand how dyslexia affects learning? Here are some facts about dyslexia and what it means.
- Dyslexia affects how the brain handles information that it sees and hears. It processes and stores information in a different way to someone who does not have dyslexia.
- Dyslexic students may find it difficult to match letters to sounds and to remember how to spell words. When a dyslexic child is learning to read they can be so focused on trying to recall a particular sound that is associated with the letter that their brain is not as free to read and understand the whole word.
- For some individuals with dyslexia, letters may move around when they’re reading. Reading on coloured paper, with a coloured overlay on screen or even coloured glasses can help words to appear clearer.
- If you have dyslexia you may have trouble telling left from right.
- Remembering lots of instructions and memorising sequences can be especially hard.
- People with dyslexia may need more thinking time to remember the right word.
- Holding a pencil and writing by hand may be difficult.
- No two people with dyslexia are the same. Everyone is different and can be affected with varying degrees of severity.
- Dyslexia can affect how people see themselves. If they struggle with a task that other people find easy they may feel frustrated, angry or sad.
- Thinking differently can be a really good thing! There have been, and are today, many famous dyslexic people from all aspects of life. They have changed the world and you can too.
Seeing dyslexia differently
A person with dyslexia may be highly skilled at seeing patterns and solving problems, imagining and rotating objects in their head, using their imagination and making people laugh. Students with dyslexia are often great at taking things apart, understanding how they work and figuring out how to put them together again. Inventing, drawing, painting and seeing the bigger picture are some other essential skills that may come more naturally.
People with dyslexia can do a lot of things – they just do them differently to others. It is our job as parents, friends, colleagues and educators to find ways to unlock these talents, to build up confidence and remove barriers to allow every individual, however their brain is wired, to shine.
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Learning techniques for dyslexia: Technology
More than ever technology is playing a significant role in removing some of the barriers for dyslexic learners. Speech to text functionality is readily available on many devices, text readers and audio books are available in greater numbers than ever before. Programmes such as Midnight Lizard, available on Chrome can change your screen colour and text on anything that you are browsing. If something isn’t working for you or your child, chances are there will be a technological solution – the challenge is sometimes knowing what solution you need.
The British Dyslexia Association is a great hub of advice and resources to support you on your journey to understand more and support your loved ones.
Dyslexia and learning styles: A bespoke approach
‘If they can’t learn the way you teach, can you teach the way they learn’? – Dr Kate Saunders, CEO, The British Dyslexia Association
The most important message we should take from our understanding of dyslexia is that no brain is the same and therefore our approach needs to fit the individual needs of the learner. At Explore Learning, we pride ourselves on using technology to provide a highly effective, personalised learning experience. We use an adaptive curriculum tool that allows our tutors to easily see what a child knows and what they need to learn next.
We work comprehensively through the material of the National Curriculum but at a pace and in an order that most suits each child. This can be especially empowering for dyslexic learners.
A tutor can be the perfect learning partner for a child with dyslexia. Firstly they have no preconceptions of a child’s reading and writing performance at home or at school, they have time and space to develop a child’s talents without the pressure that can come from a school setting or the loving concern of a parent. It is simply a tutor and child building a relationship, in a safe place where effort is encouraged and each child is celebrated for the unique individual they are.
From boosting their confidence with writing skills to empowering reading fluency – why not meet with an Explore Tutor today and discover how we might enrich your child’s learning further.
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