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A Checklist for Dyslexia and Accommodations

Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder. Significant difficulty with phonological skills can cause reading and spelling to be challenging and may occur due to dyslexia. Reversing letters is not the core indicator of dyslexia; it is difficulty interpreting the phonological (sound) components of language. Dyslexia affects 1 in 15 people and if left untreated, can lead to failure in school and poor self-esteem.

In Preschool or Have constant confusion of left versus right and be late in establishing a dominant hand

  1. Have difficulty in Elementary School, a child may display some of the following:

  2. Mix up sounds and syllables in long words

  3. g his/her shoes

  4. Have trouble memorizing his/her address

  5. Have dysgraphia (a specific learning disability in which the ability to express oneself through written language is impaired)

  6. Demonstrate letter and number reversals

  7. Exhibit extreme difficulty with cursive writing

  8. Have slow, choppy, inaccurate reading (poor reading fluency)

  9. Guess at words based on the shape of the word

  10. Ignore suffixes on words

  11. Struggle to sound out unknown words, forget known or high frequency words and miscue while reading sight words  

  12. Have poor spelling skills

  13. Have difficulty in memorizing multiplication facts

  14. Have difficulty with speaking and finding the correct word

  15. Have average to above average intellect, but display difficulty with reading, writing and spelling

Accommodations for Kids with Dyslexia

  1. Highlighted points on the board

  2. Use of calculator/computer

  3. Additional time for homework completion

  4. Provide an aide to help the student

  5. Study sheets for tests

  6. Opportunity to resubmit assignments until proficiency is achieved

  7. Tests and/or directives read to student

  8. Modified test format and/or types of questions

  9. Opportunity to retake exams or make corrections for full points, no averaging of point

  10. No penalties for spelling or mechanical errors – grade on content, not mechanics

  11. Accept briefest form of answer

  12. Answer questions orally on exams

  13. Do not count off for reversals

  14. Shorten written requirements and reduce amount of homework

  15. Large print tests and worksheets

  16. Worksheet and tests on colored paper

  17. Use of color overlays – Irlen Syndrome

About the author

Vikki Carrel

Academic Language Therapist, Multi-book Author, National Speaker

Vikki empowers people! She is an Academic Language Therapist, multi-book author and a national speaker. Vikki grew up in Salt Lake City, met her husband at the University of Utah, and has owned several companies across the United States. In 2010, Vikki and her husband moved back to Utah from Doylestown, Pennsylvania and she founded Vikki Carrel & Company, a speaking and training organization. Read more about the Author

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