Helping a student with Dyslexia access a general education is a cooperative effort between school, parents, and student. The following lists give suggestions for helping a student with Dyslexia access to a general education.

School accommodations and responsibilities:

  • Establish a good working relationship with the parents/guardians
  • As much as possible, use multisensory instruction (i.e. see it, say it, and write it all at the same time if possible)
  • Instruction should be logical and sequential.
  • Direct instruction works well with most dyslexia students
  • Use a tape recorder
  • Clarify or simplify written directions
  • Highlight essential information
  • Develop reading guides
  • Simultaneously combine verbal and visual information (e.g. on an overhead or handout)
  • Provide students with a graphic organizer
  • Help with note taking procedures
  • Emphasize daily review
  • Encourage use of assignment books or calendars
  • Place the student close to the teacher
  • Change response mode (e.g. oral response instead of written, typed over hand written)
  • Use peer tutors when available or study groups
  • Encourage note sharing
  • Use flexible work times (e.g. extended time on quizzes and tests, extended time on assignments)
  • Use assignment substitutions or adjustments (oral report instead of written, project instead of written paper)

Parent involvement:

  • Develop a good relationship with the school and work closely with your child’s teachers
  • Provide a study area for your child free of distractions
  • Read assignments to your student
  • Depending on your student’s age and language skills, speak with the student about the difficulties the student exhibits
  • Be patient and supportive
  • Research methods used by teachers and other parents that help students with dyslexia

Student self-management strategies and responsibilities:

  • Cooperate with teacher(s) and parents in regard to agreed upon accommodations
  • Utilize self-monitoring activities that are age appropriate and agreed upon by student, parent, and school (e.g. sit in the front row, become involved in a study group, study everyday, don’t cram for exams)
  • Speak with the teacher about your dyslexia, become a self advocate (age appropriate)

***These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but they are suggested ideas used by parents, teachers and students to help the student access a general education.