Decoding Dyslexia for Educators

A Guide to Helping Students

1.  Learn the Dos and Don’ts

Know the Dyslexia Do’s and Don’ts to make your school an optimal learning environment for students showing signs of dyslexia.

2.  Five Ways Technology can help
  • Speech-to-text software For writing assignments, students can use a voice recognition tool that converts spoken words into typed sentences on the screen
  • Text-to-speech software Reading everything from books to worksheets can be made easier by being converted to audio files.
  • Smart pens LiveScribe™ SmartPen digitizes the notes that a student writes in a notebook while also recording the lecture.
  • Computer games that target phonological processing Because dyslexia is primarily an auditory disorder, students should use a program that strengthens phonological processing.
  • Spell checker Spelling check apps that are especially helpful for students with dyslexia include American WordSpeller™ and Typ-O HD.
3.  Checklist of Dyslexia Signs

Do you think one or more of your students might have some form of dyslexia? It can be difficult to spot because it’s a spectrum disorder and looks a little different on everyone. To help you decide who to recommend for a dyslexia screening and evaluation by a qualified professional, here is a checklist of dyslexia symptoms to look for by age.

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