for dyslexics, by dyslexics



  • A change in the way a teacher: 

Presents information

Tests students

Has students practice new skills 

so that every student has a chance to succeed

Accommodations are Fair
  • Fair does not mean treating every student exactly the same.
  • Fair means providing each student with what that student needs to have a chance to succeed

To Reduce Fear and Anxiety
  • Never force them to read out loud in class
  • Never require them to write on the board
  • Be sensitive about calling on them unless they volunteer
  • Be cautious about allowing other students to grade papers or tests
  • Make sure your classroom is a safe place to make mistakes

Accommodations for Spelling
  • Dyslexic students can't learn to spell by memorizing, nor can they learn to spell by writing a word 50 times. Please consider...

Modifying or reducing spelling tests

Not grading spelling tests

Ignoring spelling mistakes on written assignments - Grade on content, not mechanics

Not requiring them to use a traditional dictionary

Accommodations for Handwriting
  • Limit note taking
  • Copy peers notes
  • Teacher provides photocopy of notes and/or outline
  • Tape record the class
  • Limit copying from textbook and/or board

Photocopy the page of problems, student writes answers on the photocopy

  • Alternatives to handwritten assignments

Student can dictate to a peer, teacher, classroom aide, parent, volunteer 

Voice recognition software

Accept typed assignments

Accommodations for Homework
  • Allow parent to act as time keeper. Limit time to 1 1/2 expected of average student
  • Shorten homework assignments
  • Be consistent when assigning homework 
  • Notify parent immediately of missing work
  • Provide a way for parents to determine the homework assignment

Remind 101, e-mail, blog, homework buddy, etc.

Accommodations for Memory
  • A calculator or printed copy of multiplication tables
  • Sequence of steps available
  • Language Arts and Math word walls
  • Visuals and graphic organizers displayed
  • Help student create a "to-do" list 
  • Write directions on board

Accommodations for Test Anxiety
  • Conduct an oral review session during class
  • Provide a sample test
  • Allow open-book and open-notes tests or allow students to bring one pages of the test
  • Oral testing - given by teacher, aide or volunteer
  • Give extended time
  • Shorten the test
  • If ADD/ADHD allow test to be taken in a distraction free room