Multisensory Dyslexia Teaching is crucial to help the children remember the concepts. I try to keep things as practical as possible, hands-on, and of course fun.
Some children feel more secure with mascots on the desk! This one is bigger than normal and is 'Busker', our resident stuffed toy who guards the entrance to the office!
For younger children (with smaller hands) I encourage use of the Handiwriter (available on Amazon) which helps with a good pencil grip.
Sometimes I use the flip chart for writing - if a child is really scared of writing and has had bad experiences, it often helps to add some novelty.
This is a home-made first stage phonic board - matching pictures with phonemes can help children remember particular sounds.
I like to talk about handwriting families. For example the letters in the 'Cat Family' (the red letters below: a, c, d, g, o, q, s) all go up the hill and then back the same way.
We were looking at the ending -le and the child I was working with suddenly saw the pattern and couldn't stop writing words that ended in -le!!
Some children just need things to go at their speed rather than the speed of the majority in a class. With a little patience, they can really start to flourish. Multisensory teaching offers children more than one way of grasping an idea. Plus it's more fun!! Even using a whiteboard and red felt tip whilst sitting in a beanbag can be cool and help children remember an idea!
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