Different ways of learning to read for dyslexics

Different ways of learning to read for dyslexics

There are 2 methods of learning to read that are used in teaching. What are they, do we get better results with one method than another with regard to dyslexic children, what to do to better learn to read to a dyslexic? These are the topics covered in this article.

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Syllabic method VS global method

Two approaches can be adopted as methods of learning to read, even if one can derive a 3rd with the mixed approach which proposes a mixture of 2 which are the syllabic method and the global method.

In short, the syllabic method represents the learning of the "old-fashioned" reading: we start with the letters of the alphabet, then the sounds that they make it possible to form (the phonemes), either alone or in the form of graphemes (sets of letters) to then form words.

The global method offers an opposite approach: children learn to read words in their entirety. It was created at the beginning of the last century to help children who had difficulties with the syllabic method.

What are the different methods of learning to read for a dyslexic child?

It seems that the latest research and practice indicates that the overall method alone does not work well. This is why mixed methods are used, based on the syllabic approach.

With regard to dyslexics, there is no miracle method. Every child is different, each type dyslexia poses its own challenges. Nevertheless, there are steps that can be taken to help a dyslexic child read:

  • Special writing font for dyslexics
  • Aerated texts, whose syllables can be identified by different colours
  • Ability to use a cache.
  • Help him or her when they stumble on a word or a passage
  • Possibility to use a software to help reading (for texts in digital format)
  • Preparation of the reading by evoking the subject it is about
  • Checking, after each paragraph, of full comprehension of the content

Developing a taste for reading

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It is rare that one is attracted by the things that one finds difficult. Therefore, it’s necessary to try as much as possible to develop a love of reading in your child. Choose books that discuss topics that are passionate to him or her. Set an example by reading yourself, why not spend half an hour each day picking up a book. There are also youth collections whose books have been specially designed for dyslexic children.

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