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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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Why Phonological Awareness Is Important for Reading and Spelling

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

Include Students in the Learning Process

Helping students understand their individual learning processes is one of the most important steps we can take as teachers. So often, we teach our students the way we ourselves learn best. In doing so, we may be missing opportunities to empower their learning. Essential to being a good student – and to good teaching – is awareness of our individual preferences for thinking and learning.

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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 effective strategies to improve spelling skills.

Intentional Spelling: Seven Steps to Eliminate Guessing

These seven steps provide an approach to spelling instruction that encourages word study based on the words students experience in their daily writing activities. The goal of intentional spelling is to shift spelling instruction from a focus on the number of words spelled correctly to developing an understanding of how words work.

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn, by Kellyn, age 12

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Today's First Person Essay

I'm never sure what to expect anymore by Michelle Sarabia

My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."

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