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Spelling and Dyslexia



Spelling is a challenge for children with dyslexia. This fact sheet explains how weaknesses in language skills (including the ability to analyze and remember the individual sounds in words) affect spelling and how we can help children with dyslexia become better spellers.



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Process Writing: An Overview for Teachers

Process writing is a way of breaking down the task of writing into its smaller component parts. By completing each step sequentially, writing becomes a less threatening and less daunting task. Students learn that writing doesn’t just happen; it is planned and it evolves, taking shape as it develops.

How to Read an E-Book with Your Child

Electronic books are becoming more and more commonplace. Here you'll discover practical tips for sharing e-books with your child, and how to keep the focus on reading and the story. (Available in English and Spanish)

How Learning and Attention Issues Can Cause Trouble with Spelling

Use this guide from Understood to see how different kinds of learning and attention issues — dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, visual processing issues, and dysgraphia — can affect kids’ ability to spell. You’ll also find strategies to support children at home and school with their spelling.

Today's News

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Today's Blog

"Aiming for Access" with June Behrmann

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More Highlights

Why Phonological Awareness Is Important for Reading and Spelling

Phonological awareness is critical for learning to read any alphabetic writing system. And research shows that difficulty with phoneme awareness and other phonological skills is a predictor of poor reading and spelling development.

9 Idea-Packed Resources for Teachers

There is no single best way to grow professionally as a teacher. Here are some "finds" that educators and support staff can add to their 2017 professional development toolkit. (Recommended by special education teacher June Behrnann in her blog, Aiming for Access.)

Jerry Pinkey: Bridging My Two Worlds

In Jill Lauren's book That's Like Me, you meet students with disabilities who face challenges in school but express their creativity and talents through hobbies. In the foreword, excerpted here, award-winning children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney (The Lion and the Mouse) describes growing up with two personas: Jerry the gifted artist and Jerry the struggling reader.

Contributions From You

Jake Long

Today's Artist

Jake Long, by Joey, age 10

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Today's First Person Essay

Left Behind at the Very Beginning of the Race by Thomas G. West

When asked to do a brief "First Person" account of my own early dyslexia and learning difficulties for LD Online, I thought first of Churchill.

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