When tutoring kids with dyslexia it helps to keep in mind that they learn differently than other students. They often struggle with their reading skills and require one-on-one instruction to overcome their struggles.
Multisensory structured language education (MSLE) is the preferred method for teaching dyslexic students the skills they need to become avid readers. There are three possible programs that should be used to teach reading skills to these students.
1. Wilson Reading System
2. Lindamood-Bell Program
3. Barton Reading Program
Each of these three programs takes a slightly different approach to teaching literacy. All three programs fall into the category of MSLE.
The Wilson Reading System was designed specifically with adolescents who struggle with their reading skills due to dyslexia. Special education classes taught in both private and public schools often use this program of instruction. While other reading programs emphasize the use of pictures, this one does not. The purpose of this is to teach students how to decode words without relying on a picture to do so. In most cases, this system is used on students who are in the second grade or higher.
Private learning and tutoring centers often prefer to use the Lindamood-Bell Program. Skills such as blending letters to form words are used to make the reading process easier. Using this program, reading skills are taught one at a time. Students don’t move onto the next skill until they have mastered the one they are currently learning.
The Barton Reading Program is one that can be used to teach a dyslexic student, without having to be a trained professional educator. Videos accompany each lesson in this program, making it a great way for you to tutor your children in the privacy of your own home. Online and phone support is easy to get when using this program to teach your own children.
This program is helpful for dyslexic students who are struggling with more than just reading and spelling. You can also use it to help students expand their vocabulary. The program involves a lot of memorizing and practicing rules they can use to make themselves better readers.
When tutoring kids with dyslexia it is important to limit their tutoring sessions so that they don’t become overwhelmed. In most cases, the recommended frequency is two or three days each week, with each tutoring session lasting no longer than one hour. Though every kid’s needs are different, individual tutoring sessions should generally last longer than tutoring sessions that involve a small group of students.
Helping dyslexic kids develop their reading skills is something that must be approached with patience and sensitivity. They often become frustrated and discouraged. It is the job of their tutor to ensure that they can remain focused, positive and confident in their ability to improve their reading skills.
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