KS1/2 English – Teaching the Dyslexic Child

The use of multi-sensory teaching to benefit dyslexic children Elizabeth Henderson, a dyslexia adviser, believes that it is crucial that children with dyslexia are encouraged to believe in themselves and to become independent learners from an early age. In an average class about 5% of children have serious dyslexic problems and a further 5% show some dyslexic characteristics. Elizabeth describes these characteristics and some of the tell-tale signs in reception age children.

Kate Boudle, a specialist in teaching dyslexic children, works several days a week at Ewelme CE school in Oxfordshire. She uses a multi-sensory approach which she feels not only helps dyslexic children but can benefit all children. She explains the approach and demonstrates various methods in use such as fuzzy boards, a wooden alphabet and the practice of writing on children’s backs to help them memorise their letter shapes. We also look at the importance of teaching continuous cursive handwriting and the need to ‘overlearn’.

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