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Effective Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students

Implementing the right accommodations in the classroom can significantly enhance the learning experience for dyslexic students. These adaptations can bridge the gap, ensuring they have equal opportunities to excel. Here are some crucial accommodations to advocate for:

1. Extra Time on Tests

Dyslexic students often possess the knowledge but may face challenges due to slower processing skills. Securing additional time on tests enables them to exhibit their depth of understanding effectively.

2. LOTE/Foreign Language Exemption

If a student is dyslexic in their native tongue, they are dyslexic in all languages. Imagine being unable to master an alphabetic code like English and expect to learn a symbolic code like Mandarin. Lobbying for exemptions in foreign language classes or seeking alternative supports, such as homework assistance, essay planning sessions or Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Being proficient in Auslan opens up a world of future employment opportunities!

3. Audiobooks with Text Copies

Access to audiobooks accompanied by physical text copies is invaluable for dyslexic students. It allows them to engage with complex content and vocabulary, filling in gaps that might be missed otherwise. Platforms like Learning Ally, Audible, YouTube, Spotify and the Apple Store offer extensive audiobook collections, and schools should make texts available in audio format whenever possible.

4. Shorter Assignments

Dyslexic students work significantly harder than their neurotypical peers to produce similar outcomes. Shortening assignments is a matter of equity and entitlement!

5. Classroom Technology

Utilise technological aids to support learning:

- Recording lessons and teacher explanations using smartphones, laptops or tablets.

- Capturing smartboard notes and teacher explanations.

- Leveraging software that reads text aloud and offers word definitions.

- Employing voice-to-text features in software like Google Docs, Word and Outlook.

- Utilising tools like Grammarly, Scribeeasy, Google Read & Write and Quill to assist with writing and editing demands.

6. Scaffolded Notes

Encourage teachers to provide scaffolded notes that break down complex information into manageable chunks. This could involve teachers presenting detailed notes with students filling in key points or providing detailed notes to be reviewed by a peer or family member.

By advocating for these classroom accommodations, we can create an inclusive environment that supports the diverse needs of dyslexic students, empowering them to excel academically.

Contact us at (03) 5996 6006, or to see how DyslexAbility can best support you and your family.

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