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How to help dyslexic students achieve in school

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A child or student that you have is struggling in school and I think they may have or do have dyslexia. What can I do to help?

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There are a variety of things that parents and educators can do to help children suffering from dyslexia succeed in the school environment. Some of these are listed in the posting and require no formal training in the area of dyslexia or the mental health field.

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Attached are some tools for teachers and parents in helping the dyslexic student.
It is important that you recognize the strengths and not just the hardships that the students endure.

The most important thing to remember is to be supportive and encouraging because most of these students are suffering from humiliation and embarrassment.

Also, most dyslexic students excel in the areas of fine arts (drama, drawing, etc.) and physical coordination (sports, model-making). Be sure to involve them in activities that they can do well in and appraise them for things that they do well.

Most important, show love and respect and let them know that there are plenty of other students suffering from the same disorder and that they are just as bright or intelligent.

Most dyslexics have an above average IQ and it all has to do with how certain parts of the brain process certain parts of information regarding sound and the visual part of the brain functions abnormally as well.

Strengths of Dyslexic Students
People with dyslexia have also been recognized because of the strengths they have developed as a response to the disorder. Dyslexics are typically very curious, have good oral skills, and demonstrate vivid imaginations. They frequently excel in art, music, architecture, engineering, science, and creative design because they think ...

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