This post does not attempt to provide a cure for dyslexia, it does however describe methods that either you, your child or pupil(s) can use to lessen some of the difficulties that come with having dyslexia. These methods are things which I did years before I discovered that I had dyslexia, albeit mild dyslexia. My reasoning for writing this is because I sincerely believe that if I had not done these things when I was a child then my dyslexia would be worse, for example my spelling could have ended up being horrendous, and therefore a more severe case of dyslexia.
N.B. I have since discovered that there are as many as 20 types of dyslexia. From the scores I received on the clinical assessment indicates towards phonological dyslexia, this is another topic entirely but if you’re interested in reading more on this I recommend looking up Dorothy Bishop’s work.
I would do this with my Grandad, at the time it was fun and it was like a game. (I agree I needed to get out more as a child!)
Practice spelling out loud
This makes you form a mental image of the word which you can then later recall when you need to write or spell that word again. I also did this with my Grandad.
Ask for extra spelling homework or find a spelling workbook for adults (there’s lots on Amazon)
After it had been brought to my attention, in the least subtle of ways, that my spelling was poor I asked for work that I could do at home to help me improve my spelling. I was given a pile of work books to go through. In my defence “yoghurt” is a ridiculously spelt word!
I before E except after C
Never Eat Cakes Eat Salmon Sandwiches And Remain Young
More mnemonics for spelling
Make use of audio dictionaries
For example if your tongue and lips struggle to make the difference between “conversation” and “conservation”. A really good one is http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ because it has British English and American English Pronunciations as well as the IPA form.
Learn to love words
Slightly cheesy I know but after all it’s through words either in speech or writing that humans express themselves and bond with one another. If course sport, music and art are also fantastic contenders for this too.
This topic links to a previous post on neuroplasicity – The brain always has neuroplasticity! since I have shown and described here that despite the presence of a neurodevelopmental disorder the brain can be made to work in ways that would usually be difficult with such a disorder.
To find out more on assessments for dyslexia see: http://www.dore.co.uk/learning-difficulties/dyslexia/how-is-it-diagnosed/