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How to improve the learning environment for pupils with dyslexia

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At Southfield Junior School near Swindon they recognise that dyslexic children learn best if the layout of the room and classroom resources are tailored to their specific needs. Expert in dyslexia, Dr Kate Saunders of the British Dyslexia Association explains the strengths of dyslexic learners, who need to be physically active and have plenty of colour 3D objects to learn best. In this maths lesson the teacher lays out hoops across the floor to reinforce learning on multiplication and division. Dr Saunders explains how even the location of a lesson round the class can help dyslexics remember better. The teacher shows how colourful displays can be useful for dyslexics to have a reference. They also explain how dyslexics can be confused by black letters on a white board. By simply dimming the board, this ?visual stress? can be mitigated and pupils have a better chance of learning. All of these methods also give dyslexic pupils a greater sense of self worth.


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