To my teachers: from an adult dyslexic
Think in pictures
Here are some thoughts from @creativeartJan on helping her school age self:
- Give me the information/learning in advance, so I can plan ahead and be prepared.
- Provide a list of key vocabulary.
- Give worksheets and books with clear, large font.
- Give examples where support for homework can be found and include alternatives to books e.g. youtube.
- Give me models, charts and diagrams e.g. historical figures on a timeline.
- Give me opportunities to touch and do, not just to read.
- Give me opportunities to type instead of write.
- 3D models in Physics and Chemistry help, not just lists of letters and numbers.
- Be alert to my other difficulties: catching a ball, doing sport, and how they impact.
- Look out for me, are other students being kind, tell them what dyslexia is and that it does not mean you are stupid.
Useful Youtube links:
The writing experience for a dyslexic
Dyslexic experiences in the Scottish education system
Carol Vorderman Study Skills
Article on metacognition:
Advert for mindmapping, piece on visual thinking.
If you are dyskexic and want to help teachers to help their dyslexic learners, please add to these suggestions, either leave a comment or get in touch!