Handwriting Practice

This is a great resource that creates worksheets which can be used by pupils to practice and improve their hand-writing skills. The worksheets can be adapted to suit the writing ability of the pupils. Additionally, as any text can be used to produce the worksheet, they can be tailored to the interests of the pupil.

To access the resource, click on the link to the website above then, under the English Language menu, select Handwriting Practice.


Technology for Dyslexia

Pupils with dyslexia often feel more comfortable typing on a keyboard or touchscreen than writing with a pen, possibly because keyboards are more visual and provide more cues.

Here are some truly indispensable options available for those using this technology to read and write:

Voice Dictation

This software transforms what a person says into into written text, which can be incredibly useful for people with dyslexia, because their oral skills often better than their writing. Examples include Siri for Apple Devices, which works well, but there are others for other platforms.

Just like learning to write, it takes time to become proficient with the techniques (you need to speak clearly and fluently for best results…just like writing!) but it really pays off in the long run.

Word Processors

Word processing programs (e.g. Microsoft Word, Apple Pages for iPad/iPhone, etc) can be useful because most have a decent spellchecker and an auto-correct facility that can highlight errors in your child’s writing.

Used in combination with the speech recognition software above you have a package of supportive software that can transform the writing experience – and confidence – of people with dyslexia.

Text to Speech Software

For those struggling with reading – and for many people with dyslexia reading can be a slog – most web browsers and word processing software also have “text-to-speech” functions. This is where the computer reads the text as it appears on the screen. Just type “Text to Speech” into the search box and you’ll be invited to install an extension (e.g. SpeakIt for Chrome, Ivona, Windows Narrator, and more).

Teaching Strategies for Dyslexia

With deep gratitude to Matt Grant at TES Connect who has summarized some key instructional strategies for improving the learning and experience of pupils with dyslexic type tendencies:

General Strategies

  1. Keep instructions to one or two parts only. Chunk sequences of instructions – i.e. deliver one at a time verbally, print them one at a time on separate cards, model in numbered steps, etc.
  2. Allow 1-2 minutes ‘take up time’ when giving instructions – this will allow the student to process fully what is required of them.
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