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Dyslexia Friendly Classroom Tips

Preparing a list of instructions? 

Use numbers instead of bullet points.


Bullet points are all the same and dyslexic

children can easily lose their place.

Handing out homework sheets or notes?

Double line spacing and larger font, left aligned,

never fully justified.


It’s easier to read. Also, print it on cream

paper. If the child is dyslexic the chances are high

that parents may well be too.

Where do the dyslexic children sit in your class?


Work out their dominant ear and sit them at

the front on the best side for their hearing.

Find out their dominant ear by rolling up a piece of paper into a tube, ask them to put it to their ear and pretend it is a listening device. They will naturally hold it to their
dominant ear.



School is hard enough, you are making their day a little easier – they will see and hear better.

Books can be a dyslexic child’s worst fear.  But

they don’t have to be.


There are many dyslexia friendly books that

make reading easier.

1. Printed on buff paper
2. Larger, clean, font
3. Short sentences
4. High interest, low reading age
5. LOOKS like a normal book, not a baby book

Have a selection of reading books in your

classroom.  PLEASE DO NOT make a dyslexic

child go to a lower class to get a book.



Many children arriving at Chiltern express
deep anguish about having had to go to a
lower class to get books, it really upset them.
By doing this you are making their day just
that little bit better.

Short-term memory issues mean instructions are hard to remember.


What can you do?

After you have given all the instructions to the

class.  Give the first two instructions again,

directing them at the dyslexic children.  You could have a numbered list and highlight the first instruction.  Even if they can’t read it, they will know to ask you for the next instruction and not feel lost.

Is your child’s book too difficult to read?

How can you tell?


Use the 5 finger rule. Get children to read one page from the book.  For each word they cannot read get them to hold up a finger.  If they hold up 5 fingers before the end of the page then the book is more than likely too challenging.


Showing children how to do this will help them help themselves when choosing a book.

Understand what Thomas Jefferson said:


“there is nothing so unfair as the equal

treatment of unequal people.”

Dyslexia MUST NOT be a barrier to

Intelligence is NOT affected
by dyslexia.

Are the children grouped by set in the
right set based on their intelligence or
on their ability to read and write?  Is
there a way that you can help them be
in the right set for their intelligence
with assistive technologies?

White boards and black boards can be a challenge for dyslexic children.

Overcome this by using primary colours and alternate the colours so children can keep track by using the colours.


Avoid white at all costs.


If you have children with visual stress they will probably find copying from the board very hard work.


Give them notes to read from.

Do's and Don'ts of Hearing a Child Read



Choose a mutually agreeable time.

Let child choose a book they want to read.

Tell child words BUT don't jump in too quickly.


Sit somewhere cosy.

Decide on length of time to read - set timer.


Don't get irritable, if they could read fluently, they would.

Don't let siblings into the room.



Some days it flows others it doesn't.

Dyslexic children do tire easily.

Quit while you are ahead.

Homework: Write a letter.


Is the homework accessing their skill at
crafting a well worded letter or their ability
to write it on paper?


Consider the use of a scribe (parent, sibling)
for some homework tasks.

Poor spelling but readable?


Fantastic news!


Progressing from not being able to read
a word of a dyslexic childs writing to reading
their phonetic spellings is a huge achievement!


Even if their spellings are not correct it
can be read and this should be celebrated.

After all being, literate is about being
able to communicate.

Giant 4 in a Row Game

Turn everyday games that children love to play into spelling race games!


British Dyslexia Association's Awareness Presentation

What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

View full lesson: Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective."

Dyslexia Friendly Classroom Tips