There are many ways to help a person with dyslexia achieve success.

Generally, strategies fall into three categories:

Each type of strategy should be considered when planning instruction and support. A person with dyslexia will benefit from help from both education specialists and those who are closest to the person. It is also important to consider that many adults who experienced learning challenges at school related to dyslexia are also likely to continue experiencing these difficulties into adulthood.

Some examples of helpful strategies for individuals with dyslexia include:
  • Allowing additional time to complete tasks
  • Explicit instruction in reading and spelling using a structured synthetics phonics program
  • Using assistive technology to read text aloud (for example, a C-pen reader or text to speech software)
  • Providing sound charts and other visual supports to assist with spelling
  • Playing games to support the development of phonological and phonemic awareness skills
  • Using manipulatives or hands-on resources, such as phonics tiles, to build and spell words
  • Accessing specialised tutoring to develop reading skills.

DSF Psychologists are able to assess if a person has dyslexia, and can provide recommendations for necessary avenues of support at home, in the classroom and in the workplace.

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