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Tips to tackle dyslexia in the classroom

Teacher and SENCO David Imrie has 18 years’ experience of helping students with dyslexia. He offers us some quick tips.

About one in 10 students have dyslexia with more boys affected than girls. Students with dyslexia may have difficulty reading and interpreting meaning and though words are visible, they may “swim” or “dance” on the page.

This can have a massive impact on their attainment but with the right support they can equal and surpass those without a learning difficulty. Here are some tips for teachers to help dyslexic students in the classroom.

Ensure that worksheets have a clear layout, short sentences, and an uncomplicated structure without any unnecessary detail that they may find distracting. Changing the font or background colour in Microsoft Word for example can make a big difference to reading ability. “OpenDyslexic”, pictured above, is a free font that teachers can download which adds gravity and weight to the text as shown in the image. Students that find characters invert or swim should try using this font.

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