If your child has been formally tested and diagnosed with dyslexia, it is imperative that you request accommodations for your child’s specific needs within the classroom.  Appropriate accommodations should be written into your child’s IEP or 504 Plan. On today’s post I am going to share with you some suggested classroom accommodations for children with dyslexia.

These accommodations are meant for children in grades K-5

Inside the Classroom

Seating

Your child should sit as close to the teacher as possible.  Your child also needs to see the whiteboard and work area. Make sure that your child is away from any distracting sounds, materials or objects.

Reading Out Loud

For children struggling with reading, they should not be forced to read out loud in front of the class – unless they want to.   If this is necessary (class plays, skits, etc.) the child can be warned ahead of time and shown exactly which passage they will have to read so that they can practice it ahead of time.  If your child raises his or her hand and wants to read – then of course they should be given that opportunity.  

Technology

The student should be allowed to use any technology tools that the parent or school is willing to buy to work around their challenge areas.  

For students with short-term memory problems (e.g., the child understands math processes, but has short term memory problems that interfere with remembering math facts) a table of facts or a calculator could be provided.

For students whose handwriting is slow, illegible and includes many reversals, an audio recorder or a computer with word processing software should be used for written work.

Homework Assignments

Make sure that your child’s teacher will accept dictated homework.  On assignments that require a lot of writing (summaries, book reports, essays, projects, etc.) students can dictate and the parents can act as a scribe.  

For children who read below expected levels, audio books, talking books, educational videos and films, can help provide the general information that the child is unable to acquire from the textbook.  Check out your local library. They will provide audiobooks and videos free of charge.

Orton-Gillingham

Your child with dyslexia will need a very structured, systematic, cumulative and multisensory reading program to help him or her learn to read.  Children with dyslexia are all capable of learning to read with the right program.  Make sure that the school is providing your child with  an Orton-Gillingham or Structured Literacy Reading Program.  

Testing

Teachers can provide the student with a study guide with key terms and concepts as well as model the answers for the student.  Students with dyslexia need clear and concise directions and want to know exactly what is expected from them. It is beneficial for the student to know ahead of time the purpose of the test.  What will the tester/examiner be looking for?

 Students should be allowed to give the answers orally.

 Before beginning the test, it would be beneficial to make sure that the student understands what to do on each part or section of the test.

 Students should be allowed unlimited time on all tests, in a quiet and focused environment.

Thank you for reading my post today!

Thank you so much for reading my post.  Let me know if you have any more thoughts or any additional accommodations to add to the list in the comments below.

And… while you are here, please check out my Orton-Gillingham curriculum –  The PRIDE Reading Program.  This curriculum is heavily scripted out and very easy to use.  It is being used by parents, teachers and tutors with great success.  


Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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