Think dyslexia? Thinkpix

10 ideas for using visuals with dyslexic learners:

 

  1. As a reminder to use oral rehearsal and to EDIT!

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2.    To provide narrative which helps information to stick.

eg It is crucial that students know all the vowels and that they make 2 sounds: long and short/ weak and strong. Vowels are integral to many spelling patterns and create syllables.

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3.    Try integrating pictures with phonic sounds – especially the tricky digraphs and trigraphs. A visual as well as auditory clue means the sound is better remembered.

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4.  Dreaded homophones – visual clues can help!

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5.   Sentence types can seem very abstract, provide a visual to aide recall and make the concept more concrete!

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6. Students may be able to segment syllables but not be able to sequence and recall multisyllabic words, picturing or drawing the word can help…any ideas?

Abominable of course!

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7.   Try mindmapping prefixes or suffixes:

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8.  Make a word itself into a picture, teach spelling patterns too eg in cried, the y cry changes to i and past tense ‘ed’ is added:

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9.  To teach points of grammar: which is the object and which the subject here, is there more than one subject?

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10.  Visuals are not just for literacy but work well in maths too; in explaining abstract language and aiding memory. What is the ‘operation’?

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Play around with visuals and have fun. You don’t have to be great at drawing, encouraging the child to draw will help them to build supporting strategies too.

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