First and foremost, let us define dyslexia as a mental knowledge disorder.
Do you know that dyslexia is common in children? Yes, it is. And this is because it occurs following problems with brain development during the early stages of fetal development.
Over the world, it is being observed that school teachers mostly find it difficult in teaching kids who are unable to read and write, and it serves as a risk factor for such children because too many teachers don’t give them the needed attention to learn better after they must have assumed they are dull forever. This brings us to our topic title;
How to teach a child with dyslexia
we should know that dyslexic children are to be taught by trained teachers. Here are some tips to hold on to, in teaching a dyslexic child:
- Give the child extra learning attention: children with dyslexia don’t usually meet up with their peers while learning. Therefore, it is the duty of the teacher to put in extra learning attention, which could be after classes, for the betterment of the child in determining his capabilities and incapabilities.
- Introduce fundamental learning aides:
fundamental learning aides such as; multisensory teaching (visual and auditory), the use of E-reader, which has a speak selection option, whereby whatever text the child selects, it would be read back aloud to him. And also the use of land objects such as stones, and bottles in helping the child on math count. learning aides are indeed helpful.
- Give the child a physical view of what his being taught: taking a dyslexia child on a tour or rather an excursion to go see and identify physically does things they are being shown in the textbook would be helpful for them to know those things better and identify the words attached to them.
- Always evaluate the child: as often as possible, always evaluate the child’s learning performance in order to know better if the child is indeed becoming capable of learning by himself.
- The need for parents/guidance support: the support of a child’s parent or guardian is also needed, since they are with them all the time, they should also ensure the child is learning rightly, by making available a home study practice.
All listed approaches above in teaching a dyslexic child are well in order but could be contradicted if the child is being scolded on his abilities and if the child isn’t given comprehensive learning attention both from the teacher and parent/guardian.
By Nwokedimkpa Chidera