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Dyslexia and learning

Dyslexia and learning
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Classroom strategies supporting students' learning and wellbeing across the curriculum.

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Understanding Dyslexia

Learn about key concepts, concerns and experiences of students with dyslexia.

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See dyslexia differently. Explore misconceptions.

Learn about challenges, strengths and potential.

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Strategies for action

Four key strategies to support students with Dyslexia

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Identify needs and how to provide support

Work closely with the student and their whānau. Take an evidence-based, team approach to supporting learning and wellbeing. Monitor progress closely. 

Once identified, it is important that dyslexia is not regarded as a label, but rather as a call for action.

Modifying the learning environment will benefit all students. 

Ministry of Education

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Ask the student what will help

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Partner with whānau

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Assessment and monitoring

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  4. Organisations, programmes, and resources

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    • Resources

Support literacy development

Research indicates that supporting phonemic awareness and access to targetted reading interventions are key to unlocking literacy development.

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Listening and speaking are powerful learning modes for students with dyslexia. Provide plenty of discussion opportunities in your classroom.

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Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8

Approaches that are useful for students with dyslexia are often valuable for everyone.

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Helpful classroom strategies years 9-13

Approaches that are useful for students with dyslexia are often valuable for everyone.

... when we do even just ordinary assessments in the classroom we will do the assessment in the written form and then we will retest orally because we want the knowledge we don't want to know whether they can actually write it down

Fiona Bradley, Principal

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Key resources

The New Zealand dyslexia handbook

The New Zealand dyslexia handbook

A guide to understanding dyslexia in children and youth, with strategies for assessing and teaching reading and spelling.

Publisher: NZCER Press

Price: One off charge £59.95

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Understanding dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Kids with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling and writing.

Publisher: Understood

About dyslexia

About dyslexia

Read time: 75 min

A handbook that provides specific strategies for supporting students in phonological awareness, reading, and writing.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Dyslexia recognition understanding action

Dyslexia – recognition, understanding, action

Read time: 10 min

An information booklet on understanding dyslexia and approaches teachers can take to support students with dyslexia.

Publisher: Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand

Dyslexia in the classroom What every teacher needs to know

Dyslexia in the classroom: What every teacher needs to know

Read time: 28 min

A toolkit to provide classroom teachers with information about dyslexia, classroom strategies, tips and tools.

Publisher: International Dyslexia Association

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