Strategies

Modifications

Accommodations

 

If you already know you are dyslexic, you are lucky.  Actually the younger you are when you find out, the sooner you can find ways to make reading and learning easier.  Dyslexia is something you will never grow out, but the good news is, there are strategies that will help you read better and actually enjoy reading!  Using creative ways to read and remember text is important and it is not against the rules.  You may be using these strategies already, and you may be good at things such as:

 

  • Looking for clues in pictures and other illustrations in the text that you are reading

  • Listening to what the teacher is saying or other students when they read aloud

  • Memorizing what you hear being read to you or when someone talks to you

  • Reading “books on tape”.  Using audio tapes to read a book is both enjoyable and allows you to gain the content without the struggle of reading each word.

  • Electronic readers also allow you to read text using your auditory skills

 

There are common modifications and accommodations that teachers should offer you if you have difficulty reading and/or writing.  These modifications and accommodations are to help with organization, time to complete tasks, ways to complete tasks, and the setting in which you can complete work:

 

 

  • Listening to audio recordings instead of reading text

  • Working with fewer words and pieces of text per page and/or using larger print

  • Recording lessons instead of listening and taking notes

  • Pick a buddy in your class that you can share notes with

  • Using visual materials instead of text

  • Responding orally instead of in writing

  • Dictating your answers to a person who can act like a scribe

  • Using a word processor to take notes and give answers

  • Read the “abridged” versions of novels

  • Using a spell-checker and/or dictionary

  • Work in a different environment away from students (who may have bullied you in the past- see the section titled “Dyslexia and bullying”)

  • Sit where you can see and hear the teacher best

  • Take more time to complete work

  • Take tests over a couple of days instead of one day

  • Take frequent breaks

  • Use an alarm to help with time management

  • Mark important information with highlighters

  • Create alternate projects and assignments:  ask if you can do a visual presentation of the material

  • Write shorter versions of papers

  • Use a different rubric than other students

  • Be excused from certain projects

  • Last- find an Orton-Gillingham trained tutor to help your child/student find the tools to make reading easier (see section called “Orton-Gillingham” and “Teaching Methods”)


Most of these require an “IEP” assigned by the Special Education teacher at your job.  So, please first speak to your school administration about your student/child’s learning struggles to come up with a plan together.