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Submitted by an LD OnLine user on Tue, 12/29/2015 - 8:28 PM

I work with a dyslexic student who struggles to SOUND OUT WORDS within sentences. She knows the phonics rules, so that’s not the issue. And she also can sound out words fairly accurately when they are in isolation. Things fall apart when she reads sentences in stories that contain unfamiliar words.

I taught her to drag her thumb across a word to reveal the letters one or two at a time, but even then, she adds and deletes sounds! How can I help her not do this? Any activities to try? Any strategies you’d had success with?

I know what she really needs is vision therapy, but the family cannot afford this. Anything I can do?

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