10 ideas for using visuals with dyslexic learners:
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.
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.
4. Dreaded homophones – visual clues can help!
5. Sentence types can seem very abstract, provide a visual to aide recall and make the concept more concrete!
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!
7. Try mindmapping prefixes or suffixes:
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:
9. To teach points of grammar: which is the object and which the subject here, is there more than one subject?
10. Visuals are not just for literacy but work well in maths too; in explaining abstract language and aiding memory. What is the ‘operation’?
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.