by Heidi Nord July 31, 2018


Commonalities of Dyslexia,

Over the years, I have learned that there are some common and not common traits that come with dyslexia. This is why we can use some programs that will work with all dyslexic students.

It is also why we need to individualize instruction for dyslexic students because each dyslexic student will have some individual needs.

One commonality I have found to be true with Dyslexia is that vowels are a frustration. 

In English vowels make many different sounds plus, we have many rules that pertain to vowels.

This double whammy as I like to call it, Is hard enough as it is, but if you are dyslexic, it’s even harder.

We have short vowels, long vowels, silent E syllables, the schwa sound, consonant LE syllable, r-controlled vowels, unit chunk syllables, and sight words (which I call flushers).

English consonants are hard enough, but vowels? Whew, they are exhausting!

This is why in Orton-Gillingham based programs, the focus in on learning in a multi-sensory manner.

As many senses as possible should be used.

* Sight

* Touch

* Hearing

* Tasting

* Smelling

Those last two are though! But the first three? Definitely easy to incorporate.

Your Dyslexic students should be hearinging, saying, and writing sounds at the same time. This strategy integrates their learning.

See it

Say it

Write it

Vowels, tough, but together we can do it!


Heidi Nord




Heidi Nord
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