The current situation means that more and more parents are looking for ways to support their dyslexic child with their home learning. When I start working with a child I provide parents with a list of recommended resources that they can use to continue learning at home. I thought now would be a great time to share this list on my blog.
My Essential Items:
If you speak to any dyslexia specialist, they will tell you that one of their most essential pieces of kit is simply a box of letters. I use these in every single one of my dyslexia tuition sessions and recommend that my clients purchase these for their home kits.
You may already have some of these lying around at home. Magnetic letters or felt letters also work really well. These are the ones that I use in my sessions:
Creation Station Wooden Lower Case Letters https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002E3DCVA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_QVVOEb0TWKWJQ
These tend to be age dependent. If your child is in Key stage 2 plus then I would say these are essential. Scrabble letters are great for learning spellings, word retrieval activities, practicing sounds, phoneme isolation activities, the list is endless. The good thing about scrabble letters is that they can easily be manipulated which automatically can make a child more engaged.
Wooden Alphabet Tiles Scrabble Letters, 100pack https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VLGGHY2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_nJXOEbRE3ZJGK
Whiteboard and Pen
I always include a whiteboard and pen in my essential toolkit. I use these with every single one of my student’s multiple times during a lesson. Often, children with dyslexia find writing down their ideas difficult. Using a whiteboard instead of paper, can help alleviate some of the difficulties they experience. I find that when writing down words the child can ‘play’ around with the spellings and therefore feel more at ease and willing to try. A whiteboard and pen is always going to be more enjoyable than using pen and paper (for all age groups).
This is a great set:
BIC Velleda – Double-sided school board (21 x 31 cm) Dry erase with dry erase Felt and blue erase – Green, set of 1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N262ZSQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_5NXOEb4RD3Q0T
Practicing handwriting is always beneficial for students with dyslexia. Practicing handwriting assists with hand eye coordination and ultimately reading and writing. Handwriting practice in just a handwriting book can become boring so I always recommend practicing handwriting using multisensory methods. However, a handwriting book is good for practicing sizing and spacing between letters so still remains on my essential toolkit.
HANDWRITING EXERCISE BOOKS 4mm BLUE LINES with 16mm RED LINES 32 Page by Rhino [Pack of 2] https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B012J37YFO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_sSXOEbCPPMJ4A
Most people will have these lying around, but just collect them together and have a designated box that contains these materials for easy access.
-Pens & pencils (child suitable)
-Paper/ exercise book
My Recommended Items:
iPad/PC or similar
There are tons of assistive software applications available for students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (don’t worry I will be writing a blog post on these soon). These applications are designed to support learning. As your child becomes older they will, naturally, use software more and therefore by getting a good grasp of the assistive software available to them from a young age the easier the progression through their education will be.
I am aware that not every family is able to purchase an iPad/ PC or similar and that’s why it is only on my recommended list. I do strongly believe in assistive software but if this is not something you can access, there are still plenty of other methods of support available.
Arts & Craft Materials
Dyslexia support must be provided in a multisensory way. Having access to arts and craft materials is a great way of ensuring support is multisensory. Some of my favourite resources are:
Dyslexia Spelling Dictionary
I absolutely love my Dyslexia Spelling Dictionary and use it with all of my students aged KS2+. It takes a little while to get used to, but once full understanding is grasped it is a fantastic tool to support KS2+ children and adults. These are the two dictionaries I use:
The School Spelling Dictionary: 1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1781121516/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_eiRPEbDRVW65D
ACE Spelling Dictionary https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1855035057/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_JiRPEbD0C1XGW
I hope you have found this information useful. I would love to know your thoughts on whether you use any of these materials already and if you have found them useful, please do leave me any comments below.