An Overview Of Dyslexia
A significant percentage of students in the United Kingdom (and most probably in other Western countries as well) have been diagnosed with this specific learning condition called dyslexia. Dyslexia, as defined medically, is a condition wherein a person has difficulties in reading and interpreting printed characters. A young person with dyslexia may see the printed page, but the characters seem to move as they see it with their eyes. With this, the child’s performance at school will be affected, and most of them who don’t get diagnosed are passed off as stupid or unintelligent just because of this condition.
However, with the advancement in the medical field and new technology as well, dyslexia can now be overcome. With the use of gadgets, formulated strategies by experts and innovative ways employed by teachers in their schools, students with such condition can catch up and perform accordingly in academics.
To help students with dyslexia, teachers must adjust their lesson plans and make it comprehensive for students with dyslexia. Here are some ways on how to do it:
Reading materials for students with dyslexia must have a better layout. It should be clear, written in short sentences and simple structure. There should be no unnecessary characters on the page that could cause distraction on the part of the student.
Adding illustrations, images, diagrams and the likes in a reading material can help students with dyslexia. The students can follow and understand the idea without having to read the whole page. It will help lessen the stress on the part of the pupil with the said condition and keep the interest of the child on the lesson.
Background Colors And Fonts
Changing the background color of the page is found to be useful for students with dyslexia. Other than that, teachers must be particular with the fonts used on their reading materials. There are special fonts found in OpenDyslexic that specializes fonts applicable to students with the said condition.
Additional Support And Text Readers
With the advancement of technology, some text readers were developed, and this is a big help for students with dyslexia for them to understand the text that they are supposedly “reading.” Text readers convert the text to MP3 format, and this will enable the student to record it for study later on. This text reader also can change the page’s background color and become feasible for a student with dyslexia.
But before one can use a specific text reader, it should be tested first. There are times wherein a person with dyslexia is not compatible with the features offered by a particular text reader. Thus, users must first make sure that they try and see if it goes well for them.
Using Additional Resources
Some sites offer free and downloadable materials for students with dyslexia. These resources were created by professionals and specialists who are knowledgeable on how to deal with dyslexic people. Such materials are available to help and support students with the learning disability.
Dyslexia is a complicated condition, but with the help of professionals and technology, a person can cope and manage this disability. There is no found cure for such disability as of yet. But dyslexic people can now move, interact, be in school or work, and perform well for that matter with the help of these resources, and with teachers who bring out the best in people.