The word dyslexia has a Greek origin, ‘dys-‘ meaning difficulty and ‘-lexia’ meaning words or language. Dyslexia is not just a reading or spelling problem; it’s a difficulty with language – reading, writing, speaking, spelling and information processing.
It can, in turn, lead to social problems. This pocketbook is a practical guide to helping dyslexic students overcome their learning barriers and unlock their potential. It provides an outline of what dyslexia is; ways to recognise ‘at risk’ signs; information about learning profiles of dyslexic students; suggested solutions; how to improve the performance of dyslexic students and pointers to further resources.
The book starts by defining dyslexia and then moves on to consider the benefits of multi-sensory learning. Practical tools and techniques are provided for reading, handwriting, spelling, maths, speaking & listening, music, study skills and organisation. There are chapters on raising self-esteem and the 6 ‘Ls’ (legibility, layout, language, links, large picture/little chunks, let it settle & look again) and on the different theories and practices currently in use.
A former primary school teacher, author Julie Bennett has delivered training on dyslexia to a range of professionals, from early years practitioners to Open University staff and students. She has mild dyslexia herself and writes from first-hand experience, drawing on her work with children and adults with specific learning difficulties.
“Full of nuggets of information that will help teachers to understand their dyslexic pupils better, backed up with quality tips that are easily applied to the classroom to create a better learning environment for these pupils.”
– Owen Right, Teacher of Mathematics, The Holgate Academy
“This inspirational book, which is engaging, informative and full of brilliant ideas, provides a true and rare insight into aiding dyslexics in their learning. It is an essential resource and I can't wait to try out many of the ideas in the classroom!”
– Emily Thompson, Class Teacher, Rushmoor School
This book is also available as part of the 12 Teachers’ Pocketbooks – The Special Needs Collection Value Set!