Tips for Teaching Students with Dyslexia

April 13, 2012 — 1,121 views  

Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that affects language processing functions. It often results in a learning disability that complicates one's ability to handle written text. In fact, "dyslexia" literally means difficulty with words.

Students who suffer from the disorder may well be just as intelligent as other students, but they will have difficulties reading, writing or spelling as well as the rest of their classmates. This is because they're slower to acquire and process language, as well as the trouble they typically have remembering isolated sounds in words.

Professors who want to provide a comfortable learning environment for their dyslexic student may want to alter their instructional habits. These teaching tips may help.

Professors may want to use a sans serif font to reduce potential confusion. The extra tails at the end of letters can get in the way of the actual words, causing dyslexic students to be unable to recognize common language on paper or presented through other visual aids. In addition, teachers may want to bold important keywords on written handouts, so students are guided to the most important parts of a document.

Instructors who want their students to succeed should take every precaution to make sure each person feels comfortable in the classroom. If a student suffering from dyslexia feels he or she is under pressure, it may be worthwhile to spend some extra time with that child and provide further support in and out of the classroom setting.